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New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election?

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
Last night [19th April] the voters of New York took their turn to choose candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. What did their activity...

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico?

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico? Copyright free image Copyright free: US Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Dan Heaton, U.S. Air Force.
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
One of the central planks of Donald Trump's campaign for President has been the pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico. In a personal...

What is happening in Brazil?

What is happening in Brazil? Creative commons image Dilma Rousseff -- photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The Brazilian Parliament voted on Sunday [17th April 2016] to begin impeachment proceedings against the nation's president. How did it come to this?

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder?

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder? Creative commons image 陈 少举 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
The Chinese State is tightening rules on how foreign organisations reach its citizens online. Oiwan Lam explains.

The 2016 US Presidential Election: A collection

The 2016 US Presidential Election: A collection Creative commons image Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
A collection of academic insights into the themes and events of the 2016 elections for President of the United States

The world of water

The world of water
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Mar 2016
Delve into the world of water to celebrate World Water Day (22 March), and take a look at our free courses and articles on the subject.

Could President Trump do what Candidate Trump promises in the struggle against Islamic State?

Could President Trump do what Candidate Trump promises in the struggle against Islamic State? Creative commons image Tony Webster under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Mar 2016
Donald Trump has been explaining how - were he to become President - he would "win" against Islamic State. But if he turns his stump pledges into...

The 'what now Wednesday' after the Super Tuesday before

The 'what now Wednesday' after the Super Tuesday before Creative commons image nevermindtheend under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Mar 2016
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did well in their respective parties' primary elections. So, where are we now? The Conversation...

Ahead of Super Tuesday, what have we learned about the candidates?

Ahead of Super Tuesday, what have we learned about the candidates? Creative commons image Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
Super Tuesday - when large numbers of states hold their primaries - is a key day in the US Presidential election process. A week out, where are the...

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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 29 Mar 2016
To help you to understand the complexity of institutional development, this free course, Seeing institutions in different ways, will present...

Understanding international development

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Understanding international development
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
This free course, Understanding international development, introduces and explores international development by considering the three themes...

Introducing international development management

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Introducing international development management Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 40 hours Updated 23 Mar 2016
If you wonder why, when so much development action is taking place, life seems to stay so bad for so many people and you want to be involved in...

Young people’s wellbeing

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Young people’s wellbeing Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 12 Feb 2016
What do we mean by 'wellbeing' for young people? How is it shaped by social differences and inequalities, and how can we improve young people's...

Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

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Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT) Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 01 Feb 2016
The term 'European citizenship' triggers an immediate association with the European Union, its member states, and people who are citizens of those...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 08 Mar 2010
Genetically, mountain gorillas are amongst our closest living relatives, and also one of the world's most endangered species. Half the world's...

A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish

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A Buen Puerto: Fast Forward in Spanish Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 03 Sep 2008
This is an advanced-level course using a variety of authentic materials from Spain and Latin America to improve your language skills and knowledge...

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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 05 May 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 05 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 05 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 05 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 05 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

BA (Honours) International Studies

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BA (Honours) International Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 May 2016
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 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 05 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 05 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...