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Diversity in religion: Islam free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Diversity in religion: Islam

In this short course, Diversity in religion: Islam, you will explore how attitudes and opinions within a single religious tradition can be internally diverse. You will look at Islam in particular, considering the diversity of Muslim attitudes to same-sex relationships. This will focus mainly on relationships between men because Muslim legal ...

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1 hr
The Byzantine icon free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

The Byzantine icon

This course is a short journey into the rich world of Byzantine artistic production via its most illustrious representative – the icon.

Free course
8 hrs
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Exploring the history of prisoner education free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

History & The Arts

Exploring the history of prisoner education

This free course, Exploring the history of prisoner education, looks at the history of prison education in the British Isles. It will examine the motivations behind the provision of education, the types of learning that were offered and the experiences of prisoners over the first 100 years of education in prisons.

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24 hrs
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George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

This course will introduce you to the work and writings of George Orwell through a study of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). By studying the book, well-known for its depiction of a totalitarian state, and the techniques, language and oppressive methods used by such states, you will gain a wider understanding of the meaning of ...

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10 hrs
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Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Travelling for culture: the Grand Tour

In the eighteenth century and into the early part of the nineteenth, considerable numbers of aristocratic men (and occasionally women) travelled across Europe in pursuit of education, social advancement and entertainment, on what was known as the Grand Tour. A central objective was to gain exposure to the cultures of classical antiquity, ...

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8 hrs
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An education in Religion and Worldviews free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

An education in Religion and Worldviews

Religious education is a statutory requirement for all school children in England. This course explores how the teaching and scholarly community is working to ensure this curriculum remains relevant for the twenty-first century. It is aimed at parents, faith and community group members and all others who might be interested in the purpose and ...

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3 hrs
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Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture

This free course, Exploring the boundaries between religion and culture, engages with questions about the relationship between religion and culture. Are they different things or synonyms that emphasise different ways of looking at the same phenomena? The course uses ‘either/or or both/and’ to point to those possibilities for understanding how ...

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1 hr
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Why not ‘World Religions’? free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Why not ‘World Religions’?

The idea that there are five or six ‘major’ or ‘world’ religions is so common that it seems natural to us today. What makes something a ‘World Religion’? Why do we group some religions in this way? You’ll explore these questions in this free course. You’ll also look at the potential issues with classifying religions like this and why scholars ...

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1 hr
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Young people and religion: creative learning with history free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Young people and religion: creative learning with history

This free course, Young people and religion: creative learning with history, will train teachers and others working with young people on how to engage them in learning about religious diversity past and present through the creative process of making short, creative films (Docutubes). It is based on the RETOPEA (Religious Toleration and Peace) ...

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12 hrs
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Historical perspectives on race free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Historical perspectives on race

Race is not biological. It is a social construction. Yet we know that in our contemporary world and in history, this construction has real consequences. From enslavement and colonisation to resistance and revolution, the stories of people of colour are often left untold in accounts of the past. This free course, Historical perspectives on race, ...

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12 hrs
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Getting started on ancient Greek free course icon level 1: introductory icon

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...

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16 hrs
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A freelance career in the creative arts free course icon level 1: introductory icon 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 ...

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24 hrs