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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.

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
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.

Waste not, want not?

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Waste not, want not? Copyrighted image Copyright: Paper bales image (c) Philnik | Dreamstime.com
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.  

Tackling flooding from ground up

Tackling flooding from ground up Creative commons image cheltenhamborough | Flickr under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jan 2014
With increasing likelihood and frequency of flooding expected in Britain, what can be done to prevent the devastation? 

Dialogue: Climate change denial

Dialogue: Climate change denial Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Updated 20 Feb 2013
Psychotherapist Paul Hogget and psychoanalyst Sally Weintrobe discuss climate change denial 

Are you a good sort?

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Are you a good sort? Copyrighted image Copyright: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Jan 2013
When it comes to waste, are you a good sort?

Getting wasted…

Getting wasted… Creative commons image By Ingorrr via Flickr under Creative Commons Licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Apr 2012
Wendy Maples sifts through societal attitudes to waste, including the 'Freeganism' movement, an attempt to redress food wastefulness.

Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean?

Waste products; wasted time; wasted lives: What does a lack of access to sanitation mean? Copyrighted image Copyright: Pam Furniss
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Jun 2011
Over two and half billion people have no access to sanitation - and that means a lot of people being exposed to health risks. What can be done?

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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...

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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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 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 31 Aug 2016
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Aug 2016
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...