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Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo New content
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Anne Hathaway's space movie puts engineers and scientists at the heart of the story - but is let down by an American colonialist message, says...

World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day Copyrighted image Credit: Jakezc | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Nov 2014
Toilets save lives. We've compiled some resources to help raise awareness for the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to toilets and proper...

United Nations Day

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
To celebrate the United Nations Day (24 October), we round up some useful resources to look at the evolution of human rights, peace and...

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises Creative commons image Credit: Lohen 11 via Wikmedia under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 20 Oct 2014
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.

China in Africa

China in Africa Copyrighted image Credit: 350jb | Dreamstime.com
Updated 04 Aug 2014
Is there a Chinese conspiracy to take over the world? And should we in the west be worried? Giles Mohan, Professor of International Development at...

Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene

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Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jul 2014
A neighbouring state is falling into war. You're the Prime Minister - can you use your political capital to legally intervene? Should you even try?

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy Copyrighted image Credit: Andreykr | Dreamstime.com
Updated 04 Apr 2014
Although Crimea might look like a victory for Vladimir Putin's Russia, a closer look shows an economically exposed nation, says Alan Shipman.

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Understanding international development

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Understanding international development
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This unit introduces and explores International development by considering the three themes referred to as PASH - Power and agency, Scale and...

Young people’s wellbeing

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Young people’s wellbeing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 29 Aug 2012
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...

Introducing international development management

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Introducing international development management Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 40 hours Updated 15 Mar 2012
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...

Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

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Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT) Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 22 Jul 2011
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 Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins 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 Credit: The Open University 2008
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 45 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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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) International Studies

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BA (Honours) International Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...