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Schizophrenia: Beyond science

Schizophrenia: Beyond science Creative commons image Credit: Jeff Kubina under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
Schizophrenia is the focus of World Mental Health Day 2014. Can communities help us to stop relying on advances in science alone to meet the needs...

Children and the Internet

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Children and the Internet Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 28 May 2014
What impact has the internet had on children’s lives? How has the arrival of the web changed children’s exposure to media? ...

Smoking out the tobacco industry

Smoking out the tobacco industry Creative commons image Credit: Jack Greenmaven under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 11 Apr 2014
With plain packaging now looking a certainty, experts from the OU's Institute for Social Marketing explore the future for the UK tobacco industry.

Why the fear of zombies? Look at the eyes

Why the fear of zombies? Look at the eyes Creative commons image Credit: Jackie under CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Oct 2013
What is it about zombies that send the shivers up our spines? Stephane Lay explores the psychology behind this.

Dialogue: Climate change denial

Dialogue: Climate change denial Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Updated 20 Feb 2013
Psychotherapist Paul Hogget and psychoanalyst Sally Weintrobe discuss climate change denial 

A dangerous kind of love

A dangerous kind of love Creative commons image Credit: bluemattlicensedfor reuse under CC BY-NC 2.0
Introductory level Updated 13 Feb 2013
In this video, Meg Barker explains why society's preoccupation with a certain kind of romantic love over all other kinds can be damaging 

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)?

What is obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)? Creative commons image Credit: Ms. Tina under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Jul 2012
Find out more about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), an anxiety related disorder in which people worry excessively about particular issues

Olympic Dreams: Getting into the zone

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Olympic Dreams: Getting into the zone Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jul 2012
Tom Daley, Jessia Ennis and other athletes explain their mental preparation and pre-performance routines in this video - and how they help achieve...

The psychology of conspiracy theories

The psychology of conspiracy theories Creative commons image Credit: dmountain.com under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jan 2012
 Why do people believe sometimes outlandish conspiracy theories? You need to look beyond the individual to start to understand, explains Jovan...

Olympic Shorts: Matthew Pinsent on team dynamics

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Olympic Shorts: Matthew Pinsent on team dynamics
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2011
Olympic gold medallist rower Sir Matthew Pinsent talks about the importance of team dynamics

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Critical Social Psychology

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Critical Social Psychology Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...