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Reaction to the deal on UK EU renegotiation

Reaction to the deal on UK EU renegotiation Copyrighted image Copyright: Charlieaja | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Today [February 2nd] the EU's Donald Tusk has published proposals for a new relationship between the UK and its EU partners. The LSE collated some...

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point?

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point? Creative commons image Lydia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Putting a brake on EU migrants claiming benefits is pointless, says Clara Sandelind. The migration crisis has little to do with claims being made...

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third Creative commons image Marc Nozell under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Rubio's third place in the Iowa caucus makes him the most successful of the Republican candidates, while Sander's close second to Clinton in the...

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Gerry Mooney delves in to a new Oxfam report that lays bare the extraordinary level of inequality in the world. 

British food: Moving beyond crisis

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British food: Moving beyond crisis Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have supermarkets got too much power? Have we lost touch with seasonal and local food in favour of convenience choice? Our panel discuss the future...

OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
When the sun turns rectangular, and an update on the US Presidential election. Free learning from across the day.

Derry Air: the new local history

Derry Air: the new local history Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jan 2016
After anthropologist and Emeritus Professor of the OU, Ruth Finnegan, OBE, FBA took a trip to her birthplace she reflected afresh about the sources...

Eric King and Bill Binney: Some thoughts on their interview

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Eric King and Bill Binney: Some thoughts on their interview Creative commons image Rama under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jan 2016
The OU's Ray Corrigan offers his views on the recent interview between Eric King and NSA whistleblower Bill Binney - and what it means from a...

The refugee crisis: 2016

The refugee crisis: 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: HansStolpe
Updated 14 Jan 2016
If 2015 was a year of unprecedented migration into Europe, 2016 looks set to be a year when all countries struggle to make sense of what happened -...

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Criminology beyond crime

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Criminology beyond crime
Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Criminology beyond crime, examines the notion of 'social harm' as an alternative to the legal definition of 'crime'. To...

Crimes of the powerful

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Crimes of the powerful
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties...

Race, ethnicity and crime

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Race, ethnicity and crime
Advanced level Duration 1 hour Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Race, ethnicity and crime, briefly examines the relationships between race and ethnicity, and crime, criminalisation and criminal...

Introduction to critical criminology

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Introduction to critical criminology
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 17 Dec 2015
This free course, Introduction to critical criminology, provides a brief introduction to critical criminological thinking. It defines the ways in...

Changing cities

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Changing cities
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Dec 2015
Urban processes are increasingly held to be responsible for causing a variety of problems environmental destruction, social injustice, global...

Social science and participation

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 16 Dec 2015
This free course, Social science and participation, looks at how social science investigates participation, and uses this topic to look in...

Seeing institutions in different ways

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Seeing institutions in different ways Copyrighted image Copyright: Dave Dyet - http://www.freeimages.com/photo/204998
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Oct 2015
To help you to understand the complexity of institutional development, this free course, Seeing institutions in different ways, will present...

The politics of devolution

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will...

Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the 'glass ceiling', ageism, racism, and so on. This free course, Economics explains...

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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 06 Feb 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...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 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 in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 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 in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 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 06 Feb 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...