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BA (Honours) History free course icon

History & The Arts 

BA (Honours) History

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender. In doing so you'll learn the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

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Diploma of Higher Education in History free course icon

History & The Arts 

Diploma of Higher Education in History

This wide-ranging course will develop your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the twentieth century. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender. You'll begin to develop the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

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Young lives, parenting and families free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Young lives, parenting and families

Is this a good time to be young? What does it mean to be a child or young person today? How is childhood and youth, parenting and family life, shaped by society, politics and economics? How are young lives influenced by gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality and geography? This module takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining these issues, drawing on a range of data, debates, analysis, research and practice. It will develop your study and employability skills and provide you with opportunities to debate issues with academics and other students.

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The British Isles and the modern world, 1789-1914 free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The British Isles and the modern world, 1789-1914

The British Isles in the long nineteenth century was a place of rapid expansion and growth, when the United Kingdom became the so-called 'workshop of the world'. It was also a period of conflict and uncertainty, where poverty and political unrest prompted widespread anxieties about the nature of progress. Taking up these different perspectives, in this module you 'll look at the landmark transformations of the period such as the political union of Britain and Ireland, industrialisation, the growth of cities, and the expansion of the British Empire. By focusing on one century, this module provides you with the space for a deep engagement with historical method and debate.

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Exploring legal meaning free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Exploring legal meaning

This module looks at a range of legal research methods which offer different approaches to, and perspectives on, legal meaning ? the place and meaning of law in the modern world. The methods covered are doctrinal, historical, comparative, socio-legal, critical and feminist and trans-national. For each one, a case study is used to enable the strengths and weaknesses of that particular approach or perspective to be evaluated. The examples range from areas such as the debate surrounding criminal responsibility of children, to the role of the media in the family courts and measures to tackle international corruption.

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Spanish studies 2: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world free course icon Level

Languages 

Spanish studies 2: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world

This module takes you to an upper intermediate level of competence in Spanish, which is equivalent to level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. You'll further develop your cultural knowledge, and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations ? ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You'll also consolidate and further develop academic, digital and employability skills in Spanish-speaking contexts. A residential school takes place in Spain, or an online alternative will be provided.

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German studies 2: language and culture of the German-speaking world free course icon Level

Languages 

German studies 2: language and culture of the German-speaking world

This module takes you to an upper intermediate level of competence in German, which is equivalent to level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. You'll further develop your cultural knowledge, and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations ? ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You'll also consolidate and further develop academic, digital and employability skills in German-speaking contexts. A residential school takes place in Germany, or an online alternative will be provided.

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French studies 2: language and culture of the French-speaking world free course icon Level

Languages 

French studies 2: language and culture of the French-speaking world

This module takes you to an upper intermediate level of competence in French, which is equivalent to level B2 level of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. You'll further develop your cultural knowledge, and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations ? ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You'll also consolidate and further develop academic, digital and employability skills in French-speaking contexts. A residential school takes place in France, or an online alternative will be provided.

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Earth processes free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Earth processes

is an innovative on-screen module presenting an appealing set of societally relevant Earth science topics: events in Earth history (e.g. Noah's flood and death of the dinosaurs); mountain building, oceans, volcanoes and remote observation, sediments and sea-level, and Earth science in society (e.g. hazards, climate change, strategic science). You will be supported in the development of practical and investigative skills in addition to collecting and interpreting your own Earth science data for a project. There will also be the opportunity to engage in scientific discovery and debate directly with the academics.

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Youth justice: theory, research and practice free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Youth justice: theory, research and practice

This module is designed for both people working in youth justice and those with an interest in this area. It explores the relationship between theory, research and practice, and how these impact on young people within the justice system. If you're working (or you intend to work) as a volunteer or professional, you'll be able to apply your learning directly, and to improve your practice and that of your agency or team. If not, you'll gain valuable insight into the policy and debate within youth justice and associated services.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities free course icon

History & The Arts 

Diploma of Higher Education in Arts and Humanities

This diploma of higher education encompasses a wide range of fascinating disciplines including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, French, German, history, music, philosophy, religious studies and Spanish. As you work through the course, you'll develop your cultural literacy and deepen your understanding of the past ? while sharpening your critical awareness and refining the skills of debate and analysis that are highly valued by employers.

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History & The Arts 

Week 1 Civilisations: The debate

Dr Kathleen Christian, Senior Lecturer in Art History and academic consultant on Civilisations, responds to the first episode and starts up our discussion hub...

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