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Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: October Films BBC Two

Society, Politics & Law

Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.

TV Programme
Milton Keynes and Me Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Platform Productions BBC Four

Society, Politics & Law

Milton Keynes and Me

Filmmaker Richard Macer goes home to Milton Keynes as both are about to turn 50.

TV Programme
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Society, Politics & Law

The dark side of American populism in the Trump era

Dr Todd Landman, of the University of Nottingham, considers the rise of the right following the fatal violence at a extremist rally in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Video
5 mins
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Money & Business

The business of football

Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League Trust. If you are fascinated by football and interested in discovering more about business and management, then this engaging and stimulating course, which provides the opportunity to share and comment on your learning with others, is for you. You can progress at your own pace over 3 to 5 weeks, and it will take a minimum of around 9 hours of your time over this period.

Free course
15 hrs

Money & Business

Technology, innovation and management

Develop a critical understanding of technological innovation and management. This free course, Technology, innovation and management, will provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related concepts, ideas and debates. It adopts a broad definition of innovation and subscribes to the view that a fundamental feature of any innovation process is that it results in gaining value.

Free course
10 hrs
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Money & Business

Can science make you a better leader?

We're going through a period where trust in leadership is at an all time low. Does science have any advice for those who would be out in front?

Article
Am I ready to be a distance learner? free course icon Level 1 icon

Education & Development

Am I ready to be a distance learner?

Have you wanted to study at a higher level and not been in a position to become a full-time student? Have you wondered if you are ready? Distance learning may open up opportunities for study but you might have not studied for a while, you might be returning to education, or you might not have had the chance to study at a higher level before. Perhaps you lack confidence about where to start or even how prepared you are to study as a distance learner. This free course, Am I ready to be a distance learner?, will boost your confidence while helping you to explore useful skills, and discover how ready you are to study and how to develop your study skills. Having got this far you are already on the road to becoming a distance learner.

Free course
3 hrs
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Education & Development

The family at the centre of early learning

This free course, The family at the centre of early learning, focuses on the positive learning relationships that can exist in any family and how ordinary, everyday domestic activities can sustain learning. You will consider how the traditions and cultural practices of the community to which the family belongs filters through to the child’s experiences. In doing so you will think about why such influences may not have a uniform impact from family to family. You will also explore how learning is a two way experience for both children and their parents or carers, in situations both within and beyond the home.

Free course
9 hrs
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Education & Development

Why are the bullied reluctant to seek help?

Research from Australia suggests there are many reasons why children subjected to bullying don't ask their teachers to get involved. Kenneth Rigby shares some of the findings.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology

Dementia Awareness: What is dementia, and how can we reduce the risk?

Know the signs, help those who are affected and get vital information on this debilitating disorder.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology

Peace movements in contemporary India and Pakistan

What chances are there for peace between Pakistan and India? What can be done to improve relations? A look at the positive steps that are being taken along the road to peace.

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology

Starting with psychology

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 multi-layered, and it gets even more complicated as we evolve over time and change within different contexts. When answering the question 'what makes us who we are?' psychologists put forward a range of explanations about why people feel, think and behave the way they do. Just when psychologists seem to understand one bit of 'who we are' up pops some new evidence to show a different side! It is not easy to pin down all the many influences. This free course, Starting with psychology, makes a start.

Free course
5 hrs
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History & The Arts

A reader's guide to Midnight's Children

As BBC Radio 4 launches an ambitious dramatisation of the work, discover Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel Midnight's Children.

Audio
5 mins
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History & The Arts

Do fictional characters shift perceptions of transgender people?

New research in America suggests that characters like Laverne Cox's Sophia Burset in Orange Is The New Black may have more impact on how society reacts to transgender people, than the reported experiences of real people. Erica L Rosensthal and Traci Gillig share some of their findings.

Video
5 mins
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History & The Arts

Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the Odyssey into short animations voiced by the dulcet tones of Don Warrington.

Video
10 mins

Languages

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and introducing yourself in Italian. It does not require any previous knowledge of Italian.

Free course
4 hrs
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Languages

"That's so gay!" Homophobic language and school

How is the word 'gay' used in your school? What negative impact it can have on the pupils' views about homosexuality? Find out with the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty.

Video
15 mins
Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate Creative commons image Icon Banksy's opinion on Brexit, from Duncan Hull, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license article icon

Languages

Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate

How does our choice of words influence the path of debate?

Article
Water use and the water cycle Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 2 icon

Nature & Environment

Water use and the water cycle

Water is arguably the most important physical resource as it is the one that is essential to human survival. Understanding the global water cycle and how we use water is essential to planning a sustainable source of water for the future. Water use and the water cycle is a free course designed to give the student an introduction to the subject.

Free course
10 hrs
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Nature & Environment

I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 3

Nine months on and the project has hit rock-bottom. Charlie has to decide what to do next. In our clips, the forest catches fire - and Charlie uses a halluciogenic brew to get a clearer head.

Video
5 mins
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Nature & Environment

I Bought A Rainforest - Episode 2

Torn between his love of the forest and a growing awareness of how hard life can be, Charlie's loyalties are dramatically split. In our video clips, Charlie discovers the perils of illegal gold mining, and introduces his wife to some giant otters.

Video
10 mins
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Science, Maths & Technology

How network science can unravel Al Capone's criminal associates

In new research which studies the social relationships of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s, Chris M. Smith and Andrew V. Papachristos were able to take advantage ofthe availability of thousands of notes and documents on Al Capone’s criminal network. By applying network analysis to the criminal relationships in Capone’s gangs they find that multiplexity – when two people have more than one relationship – was a rare but very relevant part of Chicago’s Prohibition era network. Their research highlight the ways that multiplexity links the underworld and the upper world — a process that organizes crime into mainstream society.

Article

Science, Maths & Technology

Smart cities

This free course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities. You’ll hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs, city leaders, communities and business, connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations.

Free course
18 hrs
Drug development process: combating pain free course icon Level 3 icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Drug development process: combating pain

Drug development process: combating pain, is a free course offering a brief introduction to the process of new drug discovery; from identification of a suitable candidate drug molecule to the development of a commercial drug product available in the clinic for pain relief or as an anti-inflammatory.

Free course
2 hrs
Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: October Films BBC Two

Society, Politics & Law

Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.

TV Programme
Milton Keynes and Me Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Platform Productions BBC Four

Society, Politics & Law

Milton Keynes and Me

Filmmaker Richard Macer goes home to Milton Keynes as both are about to turn 50.

TV Programme
The dark side of American populism in the Trump era Creative commons image Icon Nana Gysie under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license video icon

Society, Politics & Law

The dark side of American populism in the Trump era

Dr Todd Landman, of the University of Nottingham, considers the rise of the right following the fatal violence at a extremist rally in Charlottesville at the weekend.

Video
5 mins