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Human Rights Week

Human Rights Week Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyrighted image. Used with permission New content
Introductory level Updated 02 Dec 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and taking a closer look at...

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism?

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism? Copyright free image Copyright free: Francesc Darder (1851-1918) New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
You might think we're past the point where we treated people from different cultures as something to stare at. Ingrid Piller isn't so sure.

Happy Saint Andrew's Day

Happy Saint Andrew's Day Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
As we celebrate St Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland, explore our variety of resources on Scotland's culture, society and heritage. 

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham Creative commons image deep_schismic under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
Dr Agata Lisiak, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, explores the fast-changing world of research into migration and belonging.

PodMag November 2016

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PodMag November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 28 Nov 2016
PodMag is the monthly update of news, views and interviews from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts (FASS) at The Open University.

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

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016 Creative commons image Chatham House under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Updated 23 Nov 2016
What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.

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The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

Climate change: island life in a volatile world

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Aug 2016
What impact will global warming really have? This free course, Climate change: island life in a volatile world, examines the potential problems...

Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 May 2016
This free course, Constitutions in transition, explores and compares the development of four nation-state constitutions from around the world:...

Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 84 hours Updated 26 Apr 2016
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 not only cost some 3,000 lives, they also deeply scarred the American consciousness and made a deep impact on US...

Remaking the relations of work and welfare

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Remaking the relations of work and welfare Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
How do 'welfare to work' programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives? This free course, Remaking the...

Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

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Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Retirement, pensions, care homes old age may not be as rosy as we think. This free course, Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare, looks at old...

Who counts as a refugee?

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Who counts as a refugee? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
The words 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' have a wide variety of connotations in Britain, many of them negative. This free course, Who counts as a...

Sexuality, parenthood and population

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Sexuality, parenthood and population Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Sexuality and parenthood encompass some of the most ordinary and yet most profound experiences that life has to offer. In this free course,...

Getting started with SPSS

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Getting started with SPSS Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially...

Psychology in the 21st century

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Psychology is not a simple subject. This free course, Psychology in the 21st century, examines how different aspects of human behaviour provide the...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

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...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

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...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...