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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...

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.

Why has Sweden tightened its borders?

Why has Sweden tightened its borders? Copyright free image Copyright free: HansStolpe
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
Sweden has long been welcoming of migrants. Now, though, it's starting to take a closer look at people crossing the famous bridge from Denmark...

What does the French regional election result mean?

What does the French regional election result mean? Creative commons image Ernest Morales under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2015
It's not uncommon for the far right to do well in first rounds of French elections - but this time, it's something different, explains Paul Smith.

Why has violence been escalating in Mali during 2015?

Why has violence been escalating in Mali during 2015? Creative commons image UNMEER under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2015
The ISIS attack on a hotel in the Malian capital was another step in a deteriorating situation for the country, explains Paul Jackson.

How we live is seen as a justification: Why the French way of life became a target

How we live is seen as a justification: Why the French way of life became a target Creative commons image Gael Lombart under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Nov 2015
French academic Claude Poissenot says if terrorists claim going to a gig is a provocation, living your life is a peaceful but powerful...

So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about?

So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about? Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime - Jonybigude | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
David Cameron has outlined his demands for EU renegotiation prior to a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. But what does this all mean?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda?

Is English squeezing out local languages in Uganda? Creative commons image Adam Cohn under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Nov 2015
English is the official language of Uganda - but this shouldn't be at the expense of other languages, argues Judith Nakayiza and Medadi...

What does the AKP victory mean for Turkey?

What does the AKP victory mean for Turkey? Creative commons image Kremlin.ru under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP won a majority in yesterday's Turkish elections. Bahar Baser & Ahmet Erdi Öztürk offer a personal take on what this...

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on Creative commons image Ejaz Asi under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Earlier this week, parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan were hit by a large earthquake. By coincidence, it's ten years since Balakot in Pakistan was...

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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 13 Oct 2015
To help you to understand the complexity of institutional development, this free course, Seeing institutions in different ways, will present...

Young people’s wellbeing

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Advanced level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Feb 2014
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...

Understanding international development

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Understanding international development
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 29 Jul 2013
This free course, Understanding international development, introduces and explores international development by considering the three themes...

Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2012
The term 'European citizenship' triggers an immediate association with the European Union, its member states, and people who are citizens of those...

Introducing international development management

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Advanced level Duration 40 hours Updated 06 Nov 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...

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 09 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 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...

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 09 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 09 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...

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 09 Feb 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 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 09 Feb 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...