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Why Do Historians Disagree? article icon

History & The Arts 

Why Do Historians Disagree?

Hindsight is, supposedly, perfect - and yet history is a deeply controversial subject. John Shaw examines why historians are prone to disagreements about the past

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TV, Radio & Events 

The Big Question: What is history?

The past is the past, and what's done is done. But in that case: what is history?

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History & The Arts 

Life After Death

Suzanne Newcombe discusses what happens to us after we die in this short video..

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5 mins
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History & The Arts 

Exploring immortality

To mark the new BA (Hons) qualification in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (R45), Suzanne Newcombe and Carolyn Price discuss how researchers in Religious Studies and Philosophy investigate immortality.

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10 mins
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Money & Business 

Facilitating group discussions

Gain an insight into facilitating meetings and discussions in the workplace. In this free course, Facilitating group discussions, you will look at some of the behaviours effective facilitators exhibit. Informative and engaging videos will introduce you to examples of facilitation in practice.

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2 hrs
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Money & Business 

Management and the unconscious mind

How can the unconscious mind influence management styles? Is rational thinking a pre-requisite for good ideas? The human brain is an incredibly complex machine which constantly processes vast amounts of data many of us are oblivious to as we go about our lives, but can the information contained within the unconscious mind aid managers within the work place? In the following audio discussion Guy Claxton, a psychologist from the University of Bristol argues that the parts of the psyche that operate independent of conscious reasoning can in fact be used to solve problems in everyday life, but this would require a shift in culture away from traditional management styles.

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10 mins
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DEBATE: Will the ‘culture of risk’ become popular again? activity icon

Money & Business 

DEBATE: Will the ‘culture of risk’ become popular again?

Are you worried the ‘culture of risk’ will become popular again, despite the current drive for more caution? Air your views here

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DEBATE: Can we trust bankers to help the national recovery? activity icon

Money & Business 

DEBATE: Can we trust bankers to help the national recovery?

With all the new controls in place, can we now trust the bankers to help the national recovery? Share your views here

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Society, Politics & Law 

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35 mins
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Languages 

Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma

Video games are an everyday part of our children’s lives today. But many parents have concerns about the time their children spend gaming, and sometimes perceive games as addictive and unhealthy. Others see games as a creative medium, with positive educational benefits. Presented by science writer Angela Saini, this podcast explores many of the issues surrounding the subject of children and video games, and looks at work in this area by the Open University’s Centre for Childhood, Development and Learning. In the first five tracks we hear first-hand accounts from a number of perspectives, and in the final track, Angela Saini chairs a discussion about the points raised.

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1 hr 15 mins
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History & The Arts 

Perceptions of English literature

To what extent has the definition of English literature changed over the last 50 years? What criteria do we use when classifying a novel as English? And is this definition organic enough to assimilate new works and different interpretations? Professor Terry Eagleton leads the discussion by explaining how perceptions of Englishness changed during the 20th century and we discover that as a result of authors such as Chinua Achebe, Andrea Levy and Marina Levitska, notions of what was an English novel have adapted to accommodate new experiences and expand beyond traditional assumptions. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.

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25 mins
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History & The Arts 

James Joyce’s Dublin

How did the fictional world James Joyce created reflect his own experiences of Dublin? Did Joyce write about a distinct Irish identity that had been ignored by many writers in the past? James Joyce was born in1882 and during the course of his life became one of the most influential Irish poets and novelists of his age. This discussion takes place in Mulligan’s pub, a venue featured in Joyce’s short story ‘Counterparts’ and throughout the conversation we explore Dublin’s character as experienced through Joyce’s writing and how everything he experienced from the urban landscape, to the statues contributed to the work he produced. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.

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25 mins
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