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Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

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

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises Creative commons image Credit: Lohen 11 via Wikmedia under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 20 Oct 2014
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.

Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene

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Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Duration 15 mins Updated 22 Jul 2014
A neighbouring state is falling into war. You're the Prime Minister - can you use your political capital to legally intervene? Should you even try?

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy Copyrighted image Credit: Andreykr | Dreamstime.com
Updated 04 Apr 2014
Although Crimea might look like a victory for Vladimir Putin's Russia, a closer look shows an economically exposed nation, says Alan Shipman.

A domain of one's own: Will non-Latin web addresses make the internet less Western facing?

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A domain of one's own: Will non-Latin web addresses make the internet less Western facing? Creative commons image Credit: John Kannenberg under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Feb 2014
Egypt was one of the first countries to roll out web URLs which used local characters - an online revolution which coincided with a social one....

The Atom Bomb in popular culture

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The Atom Bomb in popular culture Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Updated 28 Nov 2013
German surrender brought the Second World War in Europe to an end. But all feared that war with Japan would drag on and on. Behind the scenes, the...

Global data: the importance of perspective

Global data: the importance of perspective Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 05 Nov 2013
The importance of perspective when interpreting global data on the poor and the rich in the 21st Century world.

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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 15 mins 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 45 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014
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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 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 Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
Introduces studying the environment and explores the issues arising from environmental change and the ways in which these challenges are being...

Power, dissent, equality: understanding contemporary politics

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Power, dissent, equality: understanding contemporary politics Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This fresh look at politics explores institutions and ideas – from parliament and the inner workings of power to decision making, protest and the...