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What are the secrets of enduring love?

What are the secrets of enduring love? Copyrighted image Copyright: Claudiodivizia | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
With Valentine's Day round the corner, Dr Meg John Barker and Dr Jacqui Gabb give us a snippet from their book The Secrets of Enduring Love ...

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

Free course: Childhood in the digital age

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Free course: Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Image | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
Try our free course, Childhood in the Digital Age, to get an idea of what it's like to study at the OU and take it further by exploring learning,...

OpenLearn Live: 25th January 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2016
How extreme winters following extreme summers bring misery to Mongolia, and a first attempt to understand how common fat shaming is. Then more free...

Can dogs read their owners' emotions?

Can dogs read their owners' emotions? Copyright free image Copyright free: RobsonMelo
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2016
Does a dog know what you're thinking? Can your dog empathise? It's possible, suggests new research.

What can lucid dreaming teach us about consciousness?

What can lucid dreaming teach us about consciousness? Creative commons image Timothy Krause under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jan 2016
Some people can 'write' their dreams as they sleep - and this may give us some insight into how the brain works.

Do books need trigger warnings for distressing content?

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Do books need trigger warnings for distressing content? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
At Lancaster University English literature students have requested that trigger warnings be added to texts that include distressing passages....

The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness

The dog beyond the mirror: Experiments with dog consciousness Creative commons image Pup Fan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Traditional mirror-based experiments might have sold dogs self-awareness short. New research using smell instead of sight suggests dogs might have...

Can your friend be your therapist?

Can your friend be your therapist?
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
Is talking to a friend the best kind of therapy? 

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Physical activity: a family affair

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Physical activity: a family affair Copyrighted image Copyright: © Cade Martin/Getty Images
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Physical activity: a family affair, aims to explore the effects that the family has on the amount and nature of physical activity...

Starting with psychology

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Starting with psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
The most 'important and greatest puzzle' we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle, one that is complex, subtle and...

Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 17 Jun 2015
This free course, Attachment in the early years, covers theory and research in the area of attachment in early childhood. In the 1950s, John Bowlby...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 20 Feb 2014
Most of us have a very vague and narrow concept of what autism is, based mainly on such stereotypes as Dustin Hoffman's character in the film Rain...

EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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EPOCH Psychology history timeline Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 Jan 2014
This free course, EPoCH Psychology history timeline, uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social...

Critical Social Psychology

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Critical Social Psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Apr 2009
We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most compelling questions we face is how to understand ourselves and other...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...