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Getting started on ancient Greek free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Getting started on ancient Greek

This free course, Getting started on ancient Greek, offers a taster of the ancient Greek world through the study of one of its most distinctive and enduring features: its language.The course approaches the language methodically, starting with the alphabet and effective ways to memorise it, before building up to complete Greek words and sentences. Along the way, you will see numerous real examples of Greek as written on objects from the ancient world.

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16 hrs
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A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon Level Badge icon

History & The Arts 

A freelance career in the creative arts

A freelance career in the creative arts is a free badged course which lasts 8 weeks, with approximately 3 hours’ study time each week. You can work through the course at your own pace, so if you have more time one week, there’s nothing to stop you pushing on and completing another week’s study. This course has a specific focus on the creative arts, looking at how you can develop your ideas in the cultural industries and the particular issues related to creative freelance careers. The course is pitched at beginner level, for individuals who already have a creative idea but limited knowledge of freelancing and business. You’ll start by enhancing your understanding of what freelancing and running your own business actually means, learning from the experiences of others in your situation through case studies included throughout the course. You’ll reflect on your current position, analysing the advantages and disadvantages of choosing this career path and considering where you want to get to in the future. You’ll learn how to identify your audience and markets and develop your networks and partnerships, exploring innovative ways to promote yourself and create interest and potentially investment in your business. Finally, you will have the opportunity to identify goals and develop an action plan. Throughout the course, you’ll be encouraged to reflect on your experiences and learning through a series of short activities.

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24 hrs
Census stories: Bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Census stories: Bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes

This free course brings national census data to life by highlighting the vibrant stories of the diverse residents of Milton Keynes. This ‘new town’ with an increasingly mixed population, serves as a rich case study for understanding demographic changes in ethnicity and religion across the UK. The approach can be applied in any local context. It encourages reflection upon personal lived experience and its relationship to the complexities of identity, ethnicity and religion, as observed in the census statistics over time.

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2 hrs
The American Civil Rights Movement free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The American Civil Rights Movement

In this free course, The American Civil Rights Movement, you will learn about the mass movement for racial equality in the United States that reached its zenith during the 1950s and 1960s. During this turbulent period in United States history, black Americans sought to overturn deeply entrenched systems of racial segregation and discrimination. This course discusses the key events in this campaign for social justice, drawing on a wide range of primary sources. In doing so, it assesses the achievements, shortcomings and revolutionary qualities of the civil rights movement. Use of racial language and terms This course deals with topics involving racial issues. Since the societies being studied were characterised by deeply-held and widespread racist views, this course contains language that is also racist. Although these may provoke a strong personal response, we believe it is necessary to engage with such attitudes to reach a clear understanding of the past. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutionsand is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties.      Transcript

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3 hrs
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What happens to you when you read? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to you when you read?

Ever wondered about the psychology of literature or stories? Or how a certain narrative might change our attitude or perspective? This free course, What happens to you when you read? explores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers.  Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment, the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times. People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history. A good story can entertain us, develop our creativity and imagination, and transport us to different fictional worlds, but it can change us psychologically as well. Transcript As you work your way through this course, you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read.

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3 hrs
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Listening for form in popular music free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Listening for form in popular music

This free course, Listening for form in popular music, explores form, or how music is organised in time. It looks at three strategies for communicating form – through the use of specialist terms (such as ‘chorus’ and ‘bridge’), alphabetic designations (for example AABA), and visual diagrams. It also considers how the form of a song works with its lyrics to create meaning.

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10 hrs
Simone de Beauvoir and the feminist revolution free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Simone de Beauvoir and the feminist revolution

In this free course you will study the ideas of philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). In doing so you will also briefly study the philosophy of Beauvoir’s lifelong partner, philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. The type of philosophy that links them is called ‘existentialism’. Beauvoir and Sartre are the foremost philosophers of French existentialism. You will read extracts of Beauvoir’s work and learn about the existential view of the human being as free and responsible for his or her actions. You will discover that Beauvoir argues that women are generally conceived of as ‘Other’, that is different from a supposed neutral human being. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions63and is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties64.   Transcript

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4 hrs
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The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The history of female protest and suffrage in the UK

This free course focuses on one example of democratic protest: the campaign to extend the vote to women in the UK. In the course you'll be introduced to two key figures in the campaign, Ada Nield Chew and May Billinghurst, and you'll look at the ways in which the Women's Social and Political Union, the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies and the First World War shaped and affected the battle for the vote.

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10 hrs
Janis Joplin and the Sexual Revolution free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Janis Joplin and the Sexual Revolution

This free course, Janis Joplin and the Sexual Revolution, will introduce you to issues around the sexual revolution and how this, and other contemporary social revolutions of the 1960s, impacted upon American rock musician Janis Joplin (1943-1970). You will investigate the extent to which the contemporary sexual revolution brought about greater gender equality for female popular musicians such as Janis Joplin, and consider whether it might be more accurate to view this as a superficial revolution which masked the reality of continued sexual conservatism. You do not need to play an instrument, to sing, to read music or have any prior musical knowledge to be able to complete this course. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutionsand is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties. Transcript

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3 hrs
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Digital Humanities: Humanities research in the digital age free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Digital Humanities: Humanities research in the digital age

This free course will prepare you for the challenges of doing research in an increasingly digital world. It introduces the methods of Digital Humanities and explains how research methods in the Humanities can be combined with digital media and technologies. After completing the course, you will be able to analyse, understand and use digital content, to ------ information technologies critically, and to integrate digitally-driven methodologies and media to develop your own research.

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10 hrs
A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s

This free course, A spiritual revolution? Wicca and religious change in the 1960s looks at the ‘crisis’ of traditional religion in the Sixties in the Western world. It explores the process of religious renewal, looking at the development of Wicca, the prototypical form of modern Paganism. Originally presented as a Goddess religion of great antiquity, which had survived the Roman invasion and Church persecution, Wicca is in fact best seen as a new religion, clearly belonging to an age in which sexual norms, gender roles and traditional power structures were changing. It questions to what degree we can view religious change in the 1960s as spiritual revolution. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions63. and is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties. Transcript

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3 hrs
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The ethics of cultural heritage free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The ethics of cultural heritage

This free course, The ethics of cultural heritage, provides the basic theory behind the protection of cultural property in war zones and is presented in three parts: the protection of cultural property; the legal basis for that protection; and accounts of proportionality (that is, on deciding whether or not there is a feasible alternative to damaging cultural property).

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12 hrs
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