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Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

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Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds out more.

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock...

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve?

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve? Creative commons image Rick Obst under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Bernie Sanders has given his endorsement to his rival for the Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton. But could he still have an influence on the...

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in...

Why do American parties hold conventions?

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Why do American parties hold conventions? Creative commons image Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
They're expensive, tricky to organise, and - as the Republicans are finding this week - can be strewn with difficulties. Why do the two main...

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?

Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca? Copyright free image Copyright free: Al-Mut
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Jul 2016
With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?

OpenLearn Live: 30th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 30th June 2016 Creative commons image Velachery Balu under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2016
The actor who couldn't turn cinematic gold into political success; views of Trumpton from academia; and Dolly The Sheep remembered. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 29th June 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 29th June 2016 Creative commons image Beeld en Geluid Wiki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jun 2016
The journalist who investigated his party's popularity and promptly closed it down, and a Brexit round-up. Free learning from across the day.

The UK votes out; the EU shrinks; the world reacts

The UK votes out; the EU shrinks; the world reacts Creative commons image Diamond Geezer under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
Reaction from academics around the planet as UK voters elect to leave the E

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Updated 24 Jun 2016
Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the...

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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...

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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016
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 Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

Doing economics: people, markets and policy

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Doing economics: people, markets and policy Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Introduces studying the environment and explores the issues arising from environmental change and the ways in which these challenges are being...

Living in a globalised world

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Living in a globalised world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This course uses geographical concepts to help you make sense of our complex, globalised world and the processes and patterns that shape it.

Envol: upper intermediate French

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Envol: upper intermediate French Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Jul 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Extend your French language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential school in France (or...