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OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 8th June 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Didgeman
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Why antibiotics in cow dung might be even more worrying than you'd guess, and the sinking value of Coca-Cola. Free learning from through the...

World Environment Day 2016: Local engagement, global celebration

World Environment Day 2016: Local engagement, global celebration Copyrighted image Copyright: WED logo © UNEP | Background public domain Bessi/Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jun 2016
Every year June 5th is globally celebrated as World Environment Day, a day where its inhabitants (at least the humans) pause to acknowledge the...

Vanessa Berlowitz - Earth in Vision

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Vanessa Berlowitz - Earth in Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 23 May 2016
Vanessa Berlowitz, world-renowned wildlife film producer and director, talks inspiration, archive and her optimist for the Earth. 

Alastair Fothergill - Earth in Vision

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 May 2016
Alastair Fothergill, former Head of the BBC Natural History Unit and Series Producer of 'The Blue Planet', 'Planet Earth' and Executive Producer of...

Sir David Attenborough - Earth in Vision

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Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 06 May 2016
Sir David Attenborough discusses his inspiration, regrets, CGI, digital archive and the future of the planet. 

Sir David Attenborough and The Open University

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Sir David Attenborough and The Open University Copyrighted image Copyright: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 May 2016
Sir David Attenborough and The Open University have had a long-standing relationship since the university's birth. David explains how that...

Desmond Morris - Earth In Vision

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Desmond Morris - Earth In Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 04 May 2016
Pioneer of natural history television Desmond Morris discusses Zoo Time, digital archive, David Attenborough, climate change, human...

Joe Smith - Earth In Vision Introduction

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 May 2016
Joe Smith, Professor of Environment and Society at The Open University, introduces Earth in Vision and explains why it is so valuable. 

About Earth In Vision

About Earth In Vision Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2016
The Earth in Vision project explores the BBC archives of environment themed television and radio programmes from the last 70 years, looking at...

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...

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Energy in buildings

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Energy in buildings
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...

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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Working with our environment: an introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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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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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Understanding the environment: A systems approach Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
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...

Understanding the environment: Co-evolution

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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...

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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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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 26 Jun 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...