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Human Rights Week

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Introductory level Updated 02 Dec 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and taking a closer look at...

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history?

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history? Copyright free image Copyright free: Linux_rocks New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Nov 2016
Cuba expert Mervyn Bain reflects on a one man's large influence on a small nation

Human Rights Day

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Introductory level Updated 22 Nov 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day. As the United Nations asks everyone to stand up for someone's rights this year, use our FREE courses, podcasts and...

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election?

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election? Creative commons image US Embassy The Hague under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Fears that hackers might try and alter figures at the ballot boxes were unfounded - but that doesn't mean the US democratic process didn't come...

Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit

Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Nov 2016
Two shocks to the political system, but neither, says Eric Kaufmann, were driven by personal economic circumstances.

How was the US election viewed in the Middle East

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How was the US election viewed in the Middle East Creative commons image U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Updated 09 Nov 2016
OpenDemocracy's Adam Ramsay toured the West Bank during the closing stages of the US election campaign. What he heard may give an indication of how...

What does a Trump victory mean for Britain?

What does a Trump victory mean for Britain? Creative commons image Remko Tanis under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2016
Writing before the result of the US election was known, Tim Oliver explains why President Trump might mean tough times for the US/UK 'special...

Donald Trump, President elect: A collection

Donald Trump, President elect: A collection Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Updated 09 Nov 2016
On November 8th 2016, the US people voted Donald Trump as their next president. There's a lot to think about.

How did Trump win the White House?

How did Trump win the White House? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2016
There are five factors which took Trump to Pennsylvania Avenue, believes Anthony J. Gaughan

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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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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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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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Dec 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...