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Life In Cold Blood

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Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the lives of amphibians and reptiles - cold blood, but amazing creatures. Watch clips and find out more.

Life In The Undergrowth

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Life In The Undergrowth Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 29 Apr 2016
David Attenborough pushes back the foliage and finds a world of invertebrates.

Life Story

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Life Story Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC/Anup Shah
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Apr 2016
Life Story takes us on the greatest of all adventures – the journey through life. Find out more, and watch clips from the series.

Frozen Planet

Frozen Planet Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 22 Apr 2016
A stunning portrait of life at the poles, presented by David Attenborough

Life - with David Attenborough

Life - with David Attenborough Copyrighted image Copyright: Rupert Barrington
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals?

What effect does increasing noise pollution have on mammals? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2016
A researcher explains how prairie dogs appear to have developed strategies to keep alert in noisier environments - but there might be a downside.

OpenLearn Live: 13th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
The Sussex schoolboy who reinvented himself as a First Nation environmentalist, and Arnold Wesker remembered. Then more free learning across the...

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green?

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green? Creative commons image Jessie Hey under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Research amongst Chinese students studying in the UK explores whether studying overseas can change people's behaviour.

The Wonder of Dogs

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The Wonder of Dogs Copyrighted image Copyright: Jevgenia Issakova | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 08 Apr 2016
From the BBC and The Open University, a celebration of all things canine.

Do whales use their heads to attack boats?

Do whales use their heads to attack boats? Creative commons image Amila Tennakoon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Apr 2016
New research suggests the formidable forehead of the sperm whale might be perfect for ramming potential threats.

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Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 28 Apr 2016
Themes covered in this free course, Energy in buildings, include reducing heating demand in buildings, heating systems and fuel emissions, and...

Migration

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Migration
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Migration is a free course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement,...

Logframe planning

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Logframe planning Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
As a way of thinking about projects, Logical Framework Analysis helps to focus on some key questions during the project design process. This free...

Working with our environment: an introduction

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Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Global warming: are we responsible? Is our environmental impact damaging the planet? This free course, Working with our environment: an...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish...

The environmental impact of teaching and learning

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The environmental impact of teaching and learning
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
This free course, The environmental impact of teaching and learning, discusses the impact on the environment of carbon based teaching and learning...

Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth, focuses on the problem of greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and...

Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback

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Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

Understanding the environment: A systems approach

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 29 Mar 2016
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 May 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 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...

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 03 May 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 May 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Environmental management 2

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Environmental management 2 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module further develops your environmental management and systems thinking skills, reviewing and investigating complex situations, and...

Environmental management 1

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Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? Explore systemic answers to...