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Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Who's profitting from the misery of the detainees? This article questions the issue of privatisation in Immigration Removal Centres.

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?

How the stove changed the kitchen

How the stove changed the kitchen Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The introduction of the gas stove more than a hundred years ago completely changed the way we use the kitchen—and the rest of our homes.

Queen Elizabeth II is 90

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Updated 20 Apr 2016
As Queen Elizabeth II turns 90, take a look at the key moments in her life, reign and British history with our interactive timelines with photos,...

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots Creative commons image First Minister Of Scotland under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
On May 5th, Scotland votes in a parliamentary election. Here's a quick round-up of what's happening on the campaign.

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election?

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
Last night [19th April] the voters of New York took their turn to choose candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. What did their activity...

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico?

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico? Copyright free image Copyright free: US Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Dan Heaton, U.S. Air Force. New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
One of the central planks of Donald Trump's campaign for President has been the pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico. In a personal...

What is happening in Brazil?

What is happening in Brazil? Creative commons image Dilma Rousseff -- photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The Brazilian Parliament voted on Sunday [17th April 2016] to begin impeachment proceedings against the nation's president. How did it come to this?

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Copyright: © Richard D Kaplan
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Mar 2016
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 21 Mar 2016
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...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
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...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

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Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency Copyright free image Copyright free: Copyright © Sam Scott-Hunter/Photofusion (Jaguar 32785)
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
This free course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama

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The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
President Obama's inauguration in 2009 seemed to herald a new era in US foreign policy and international relations. But the Bush years had left a...

Exclusion clauses

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Exclusion clauses
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
This free course focuses on the use of exclusion clauses in contracts. Exclusion clauses are terms of a contract which seek to exclude or limit a...

Innovation, markets and industrial change

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Innovation, markets and industrial change Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
How does a firm emerge as 'leader of the pack'? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This free...

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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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...