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The Italian crisis: Why has Matteo Renzi resigned - and what happens next?

The Italian crisis: Why has Matteo Renzi resigned - and what happens next? Creative commons image President Of Russia / Kremlin.ru under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Dec 2016
The defeat of proposed changes to the Italian constitution this weekend have set off a chain reaction - a Prime Minster has resigned, and Europe...

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

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

Who is Donald Trump?

Who is Donald Trump? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Nov 2016
He's now going to be running America. But who has the nation hired?

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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 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...

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...

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) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Examine the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, businesses and governments and make critical judgements of...

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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
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: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Extend your French language skills and cultural knowledge with this upper intermediate course, which includes a residential school in France (or...

Mises au point: advanced French

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Mises au point: advanced French Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Extend your French language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing – develop your knowledge of contemporary French culture, and complete...