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The poetry of Sorley MacLean free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The poetry of Sorley MacLean

Sorley MacLean (1911-1996) is regarded as one of the greatest Scottish poets of the twentieth century. This free course, The poetry of Sorley MacLean, will introduce you to his poetry and give you an insight into the cultural, historical and political contexts that inform his work. MacLean wrote in Gaelic and the importance of the language to his work is also examined.

Free course
10 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Happy Saint Andrew's Day

As we celebrate St Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland, explore our variety of resources on Scotland's culture, society and heritage. 

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History & The Arts 

The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of ideas?

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Three Unsung Inventions: Tarmac, Time and Propellers

Dr James Warren gives us the lowdown on three unsung inventions and the stories behind the ingenious inventors. Vote for your favourite in our poll. 

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History & The Arts 

How nervy elites seized Robert Burns before radicals got there first

Explore why in the wake of Brexit and President Trump, Robert Burns' poetry is worth reading - especially on Burns Night! 

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Robert Owen and New Lanark

Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert Owen, seen by some as a visionary and by others as a knave and a charlatan, sought to address in the early 1800s. This free course, Robert Owen and New Lanark, uses a series of essays written by Owen to explore the ideas of this important and controversial figure.

Free course
12 hrs
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David Hume

This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, 'Of the immortality of the soul'. More generally, it examines some of the shifts in attitude concerning death and religious belief that were taking place in Europe at the end of the eighteenth century, through examination of this and other short essays.

Free course
16 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

John Napier

This free course looks at Scotsman John Napier, best known to for his treatise on Protestant religion. However, it was his interest in a completely different subject that radically altered the course of mathematics. After 40 years of dabbling in maths, he revealed his table of logarithms in the early 17th century.

Free course
3 hrs
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History & The Arts 

The Life of Saint Andrew

This extract from Alban Butler's 18th Century work on the lives of the saints tells the story of Scotland's patron saint.

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History & The Arts 

Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science in the Scottish Enlightenment, examines the cultural, intellectual and religious characteristics of Scotland in the eighteenth century that led to the emergence of such intellectual pioneers as James Hutton, Joseph Black and William Cullen, and briefly describes their key ideas and findings.

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5 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

OU on the BBC: Castles in the Sky

Embrace a remarkable human drama behind the invention that was to prove pivotal in the Battle of Britain - radar.

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