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BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing free course icon

History & The Arts 

BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing

This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You'll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings ? including translations ? and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.

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Children's literature

This module provides a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies. It focuses on constructions of childhood in children's literature and will require you to employ close reading skills, literary analysis and critical engagement in relation to its texts and assignments. You will study children's literature in English, ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. The module also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, young adult fiction, storytelling and poetry. You will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds.

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Advanced creative writing

develops your writing ability by widening your generic range and developing your knowledge of style. The module works on the forms introduced in the OU level 2 module (A215) ? fiction, poetry and life writing ? and supplements these with dramatic writing, showing you how to write for stage, radio and film. You'll explore how these scriptwriting skills might enhance your prose style, improve your writing across the range of forms, and further develop your individual style and voice. The module offers guidance on professional layouts for the dramatic media, and is a natural progression from (A215).

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Shaken and stirred? Blending the familiar and new in Bond’s music

With all the talk about 'No Time to Die', the latest Bond film, Ben Winters explores music in the Bond film series.  

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Film and audio – Blaenau Gwent REACH

These short films are an eclectic mix of music, art, creative writing and oral history. Each in its own way is about lives lived in Blaenau Gwent, from growing up in the 1950s to the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020.

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History & The Arts 

Digital stories – Blaenau Gwent REACH

These short films are recollections of life in Blaenau Gwent from tenants at Llys Glyncoed extra care scheme on the outskirts of Ebbw Vale. The residents were interviewed by Year 9 pupils from Ebbw Fawr Learning Community, who in spring 2020 recorded their reminiscences and set them to images.

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About Blaenau Gwent REACH

BG REACH is a creative arts project supporting the people of Blaenau Gwent to make art, music, creative writing and film that reflects on the rich and fascinating history of their local area. 

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Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema

This free course, Upper intermediate French: discovering French cinema, will help you discover aspects of French and francophone cinema. At the same time, you will also focus on grammatical points, such as expressing a comparison in French or understanding the structure of a sentence in the infinitive. Part of the materials will be in English, but the course is mainly in French.     

Free course
6 hrs
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The Homeless Problem

Why do people become homeless? How many people does it affect? This series of short films explores the complex reasons that lead to people finding themselves on the street and the difficulties in supporting them in light of the consequences of austerity policy.

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30 mins
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History & The Arts 

Behind the camera

When you use film as a historical source, explains Douglas Allen, you must first understand the person behind the camera.

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Film and society

Fred Davies explores the interfaces between cinema, culture and history.

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The business of film

This free 12-hour course explores the intriguing world of film production, and illuminates the processes of film development, distribution and finance.

Free course
12 hrs
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