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Why are Olympic athletes copping so much abuse? It all comes down to gender

Why are Olympic athletes copping so much abuse? It all comes down to gender Creative commons image André Zehetbauer under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Aug 2016
Why is there so much gender discrimination in the Olympics? Helen Owton explores sexism and misconceptions about gender in sport. 

Can being part of a team help break the pain barrier?

Can being part of a team help break the pain barrier? Creative commons image David Hawgood under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Aug 2016
Competitive sport can have a massive impact on your body - but sharing the strain can help you cope, says Emma Cohen.

OpenLearn Live: 2nd August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 2nd August 2016 Creative commons image Larry D Moore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2016
The mass killing that changed America, fifty years on. Then more free learning through the day.

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list Creative commons image Ronan Shenhav under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Duration 30 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
2016 has seen a number of terrorist attacks in Europe and beyond, many of which have been linked to ISIS. The last few weeks have felt especially...

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them?

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them? Creative commons image Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
People who choose to identify as something other than human can often be the subject of ridicule.  Pedro Feijó has researched how...

Where do we get the help that really counts?

Where do we get the help that really counts? Creative commons image Tanya Cataldo under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Jun 2016
When only one third of people with mental health symptoms access formal channels of support due to funding problems or stigma, is informal support...

OpenLearn Live: 21st June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jun 2016
The lewd drawing that swung an election, and how looking at our brains gives the lie to neurononsense. Free learrning from the OU and beyond, all...

The art of performing under pressure

The art of performing under pressure Copyrighted image Copyright: David Rogers/Getty Images
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jun 2016
Penalty shoot-outs, 12-foot putts and second-serves are all high pressure moments in football, golf and tennis respectively. How would...

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Starting with psychology

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Starting with psychology Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Mar 2016
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...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

EPOCH Psychology history timeline

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EPOCH Psychology history timeline Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
This free course, EPoCH Psychology history timeline, uses an interactive resource (EPoCH) to gain a better sense of how the historical and social...

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 Feb 2016
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...

Attachment in the early years

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Attachment in the early years Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 16 Feb 2016
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...

The autistic spectrum: From theory to practice

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
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...

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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 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 27 Aug 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...