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The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond

The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond Copyright free image Credit: via Wikimedia New content
Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
It's still stigmatised, but it's a commercial relationship growing in popularity - and not just in India. Thinking Allowed explores the business of...

What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis

What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis Creative commons image Credit: Sinn Fein under CC-BY licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
Greece - and other nations whose debt problems are not so far less extreme - could do well to understand the African experience, argues Ian Scoones.

Explainer: how much state funding do universities get?

Explainer: how much state funding do universities get? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
In this article, John Brennan notes how public money is shifting more towards research in higher education. 

The spaces of politics

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The spaces of politics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 13 Feb 2015
What are the spaces of politics beyond the usual buildings of parliament? Three Open University academics tell us in this video. 

Producing medicines in Africa will only work if they can be distributed properly

Producing medicines in Africa will only work if they can be distributed properly Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Jan 2015
In times of austerity, new thinking and innovations in the way medicines are distributed may well be what African countries need most urgently.

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo
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
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...

Waste not, want not?

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Oct 2014
Despite it being part of our everyday lives, waste management is a mystery to many. Try our quiz to test your knowledge.  

United Nations Day

United Nations Day Copyrighted image Credit: © Dean Bertoncelj | Dreamstime.com
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...

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Young people’s wellbeing

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Young people’s wellbeing Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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 unit introduces and explores International development by considering the three themes referred to as PASH - Power and agency, Scale and...

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 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 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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Aug 2015
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...