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Appreciating architecture

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Have you sometimes wondered about the context in which a building was designed, the technology available to the builders, or the visual setting at that time? Architecture is an art...

Approaching fiction

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Do you enjoy reading for pleasure but wish you knew more about analysing a text? This broad-ranging learning pathway provides an introduction to the techniques that are central to...

Art, power and politics

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The power and authority of the ruling elite of the Roman Empire, especially its emperors, is still obvious today in the surviving artefacts. Today we look on these artefacts as...

Charles Darwin: reluctant revolutionary in the Victorian age

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Victorian scientist Charles Darwin was the first person to publish a book on the idea of evolution by natural selection. His name has entered the English language. For some people...

Cheap labour and the global economy

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Globalised manufacturing often relies on ‘sweatshops’ and cheap labour to gain its market share. But the word ‘sweatshop’ has become an emotive term – so what do we...

Childhood and the law

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While a safe and secure childhood is something all societies seem to value, children’s welfare is complex and often controversial. ...

Cities

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More than half the world’s population now lives in cities and by 2050 over 70 per cent of the world will be urban dwellers. ‘Cities,’ says Professor Doreen Massey, ‘are...

Climate change: weighing the evidence

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Climate change is probably the most widely contested idea on the international agenda today. At the centre of the debate are the questions: Is climate change really happening? How...

Commemorating war: the representation of conflict

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The waging of war remains one of the dominating behaviours of the human species. Since the industrial revolution it is an activity that has required the investment of the whole of...

Communicating through music

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Music is a form of universal communication. Even when people don’t understand each others’ languages, music has an amazing ability to convey a range of information about...

DNA – an introduction

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Deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, has fascinated and excited scientists for over 140 years. Since it was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869, to 1953, the year James Watson...

Daring to do mathematics

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How do you feel about mathematics? ...

Darwin’s theory of evolution

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Victorian naturalist Charles Darwin unveiled his theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859. He wasn’t the first person to observe that livings things evolve or change over...

Death and dying

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We’re all going to face it one day but still, for many, death remains a difficult subject. This wide-ranging learning pathway explores death and dying by looking at the...

Design, technology and the environment

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‘Where there’s muck, there’s money’ is an expression that arose out the British 19th Century industrial development. It suggests that ‘muck’ – waste, pollution,...

Do we need a new economics?

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‘We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings,’ said Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, as the US was in the midst of the...

Ecosystems

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Ecosystems are networks of living organisms that interact with each other and their physical environment. The scientific study of ecosystems is known as 'ecology'. Studying an...

Environmental ethics

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‘This is surely the first time in human history when people have become aware that they’re doing serious damage to life on this planet. That novelty upsets our ruling moral...

Forensic engineering and the analysis of disaster

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When large structures fail, the results can be catastrophic: lives lost, lives ruined. Communities who will never forget. ...

From Enlightenment to Romanticism

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From around 1780–1830 Europe underwent huge political and cultural changes. It moved from what has come to be called the ‘Age of Reason’ (or Enlightenment) through to the...