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What are the secrets of enduring love?

What are the secrets of enduring love? Copyrighted image Copyright: Claudiodivizia | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
With Valentine's Day round the corner, Dr Meg John Barker and Dr Jacqui Gabb give us a snippet from their book The Secrets of Enduring Love ...

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer?

The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain's distance education pioneer? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 09 Feb 2016
This month sees the 50th anniversary of the government ‘White Paper’ which launched the OU in 1966.  This author draws attention to...

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

Reaction to the deal on UK EU renegotiation

Reaction to the deal on UK EU renegotiation Copyrighted image Copyright: Charlieaja | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Today [February 2nd] the EU's Donald Tusk has published proposals for a new relationship between the UK and its EU partners. The LSE collated some...

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point?

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point? Creative commons image Lydia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Putting a brake on EU migrants claiming benefits is pointless, says Clara Sandelind. The migration crisis has little to do with claims being made...

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third Creative commons image Marc Nozell under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Rubio's third place in the Iowa caucus makes him the most successful of the Republican candidates, while Sander's close second to Clinton in the...

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Gerry Mooney delves in to a new Oxfam report that lays bare the extraordinary level of inequality in the world. 

British food: Moving beyond crisis

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British food: Moving beyond crisis Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have supermarkets got too much power? Have we lost touch with seasonal and local food in favour of convenience choice? Our panel discuss the future...

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Renewable Energy Creative commons image Ed Suominen [ New content
Introductory level Updated 28 Jan 2016
What are the economic consequences of climate change? Peter Bloom discusses the potential and limitations of 'green business'. 

OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
When the sun turns rectangular, and an update on the US Presidential election. Free learning from across the day.

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The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

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Reading and note taking – preparation for study Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will...

Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the 'glass ceiling', ageism, racism, and so on. This free course, Economics explains...

What do we mean by 'family'?

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What do we mean by 'family'? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
The idea of 'family' is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties, at both the...

Social problems: Who makes them?

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Social problems: Who makes them? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This free course,...

Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Copyright: © Richard D Kaplan
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
This free course, Modern slavery, is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to...

The law-making process in England and Wales

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The law-making process in England and Wales Creative commons image Recardo Andre Frantz in Wikipedia made available under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2015
This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law in England and Wales. It examines the...

What is politics?

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What is politics?
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Jun 2015
This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

Does prison work?

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Does prison work? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 22 Apr 2015
Does prison work and what purpose does it serve? This free course allows you to listen to a discussion on the purpose, efficacy and regulation of...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. This is...

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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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 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 12 Feb 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...