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Can rabies be eliminated from Asia by 2020?

Can rabies be eliminated from Asia by 2020? Creative commons image Credit: Wellcome Library under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
The World Health Organisation wants rabies eradicated from Asia in the next five years. They've got an uphill struggle, reports Mary-Rose...

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India

Postcards from the doctor: Spreading health care messages in India Creative commons image Credit: Rahul M under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
How do you spread healthcare messages amongst people too poor to access the for-profit health system in India? One doctor found a low-tech approach...

Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda Creative commons image Credit: DFID under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2015
The 2000 Millennium Goals set targets, aspiring to make the world a better place. As we reach the end of the year by which they were to be achieved...

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
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. 

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...

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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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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 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 30 Aug 2015
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Living in a globalised world

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Living in a globalised world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course uses geographical concepts to help you make sense of our complex, globalised world and the processes and patterns that shape it.

Doing economics: people, markets and policy

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Doing economics: people, markets and policy Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Examine the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, businesses and governments and make critical judgements of...

Introducing religions

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Introducing religions Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces six major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism; exploring beliefs, practices, concepts...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Introduces studying the environment and explores the issues arising from environmental change and the ways in which these challenges are being...

Envol: upper intermediate French

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Envol: upper intermediate French Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Extend your French language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential school in France (or...