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Download your free 'Our Railways' poster

Download your free 'Our Railways' poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2016
Download your free poster on British railways to accompany the Ou/BBC series 'Full Steam Ahead'.  

Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list Copyright free image Copyright free: PIVISO.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Sep 2016
Athletes with intellectual disabilities; zika virus; empty seats; risky cheating; inspiration porn - a round-up of pieces about the Paralympic...

Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline

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Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline Copyrighted image Copyright:
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 05 Sep 2016
An interactive timeline of the most important events in Scottish political, cultural and economic history.

Will Brexit mean London loses its financial dominance?

Will Brexit mean London loses its financial dominance? Creative commons image Scorpions & Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The decision to leave Europe could, some worry, mean that London will cease to lead as a finance centre. No need to worry, says Simeon Djankov.

The 2016 race enters the home straight

The 2016 race enters the home straight Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
The start of September sees the US Presidential election enter its final stages. The polls might be suggesting Hillary will coast to victory - but...

Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places

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Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
Scotland and The Battle for Britain features locations all over the country. Explore them and the rest of Scotland's geography with this...

Scotland and The Battle for Britain

Scotland and The Battle for Britain Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
Andrew Marr discovers why the Scotland he was born in has changed so much politically in our new co-production with the BBC.

Can comedy change your life?

Can comedy change your life? Creative commons image Russell McGovern under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She...

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Claudio Elias
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food?

What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food? Creative commons image Indra Galbo under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Gourmet chefs fed the athletes of the Olympic Games. Then, they fed the poor.

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The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 27 Jun 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...

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:...

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...

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...

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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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 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 28 Sep 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...