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Languages 

English in the world

Today, English is the pre-eminent global language, spoken by more than a quarter of the world's population. English plays a key role in international diplomacy, trade and commerce, the global media and entertainment industries, and is used in everyday encounters across the world. In this module, you'll trace the history of its spread across the globe and explore the diversity that characterises present-day English in a range of everyday settings from home to education and work. Using both print and online materials, you'll investigate its influence, alongside other languages, in contemporary global issues such as migration and political protest.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to you when you read?

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. 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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Think entertainment is violent today? The Victorians were much, much worse article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Think entertainment is violent today? The Victorians were much, much worse

Sweeney Todd vs Grand Theft Auto? Dr Rosalind Crone tells us why they liked a good hanging back in the day. 

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Can comedy change your life?

After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.

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History & The Arts 

Small Data: Star Wars release & broadcast dates

Do the lengths between US, UK & UK TV debuts of the first six Star Wars film tell us anything about changes in the entertainment industry?

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

This sporting life: making connections

Kath Woodward argues that sport is not only about performance, competition, winning and losing; it is also deeply embedded in social relations

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History & The Arts 

Power and people in ancient Rome

The ancient Romans constructed some of the first ever purpose-built venues for mass-entertainment. How do these structures enhance the audience’s experience of the spectacle? This album looks at famous Roman buildings like the Colosseum, a venue designed to impress, where vast numbers of people congregated for gladiatorial combat, chariot-racing and theatrical shows. Structures such as the Circus Maximus and even the Baths were designed as striking symbols of civic pride, glorifying the power of the Emperors who built them. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

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Money & Business 

Evan Davis on... entertainment on internet

Evan Davis from The Bottom Line talks us through the future of entertainment on the internet.

Audio
5 mins
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Society, Politics & Law 

Home space

Changing Rooms, Big Strong Boys, Home Front, Real Rooms, DIY SOS… The list of DIY makeover programmes on television grew and grew in the early years of this century. But what was the appeal?

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