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Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures

Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures Copyrighted image Copyright: TARS631 [Attribution or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
Read the stories of some of Vienna’s people who are commemorated in place names around the city.

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Updated 03 Nov 2016
Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits of expanding Heathrow, using a...

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...

Why do some cities thrive?

Why do some cities thrive? Creative commons image Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Jun 2016
Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, has grown successfully as a city - while other places have failed to thrive. New research is hoping to...

Geography Matters

Geography Matters Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
A new initiative Georgraphy Matters is coming to the Faculty of Social Sciences.

OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016 Creative commons image David Ramos under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
A wall in Prague which united rather than divided. Then more free learning across the day.

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on

The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on Creative commons image Ejaz Asi under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Earlier this week, parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan were hit by a large earthquake. By coincidence, it's ten years since Balakot in Pakistan was...

Languages and the refugee crisis

Languages and the refugee crisis Copyrighted image Copyright: Council of Europe
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2015
Can the European Day of Languages impact the linguistic challenges in Europe's current refugee crisis? Mara Fuertes-Gutiérrez discusses ...

One refugee's story: A long, risky journey

One refugee's story: A long, risky journey
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2015
Public Radio Internation tells the story of Thair Orfahli's journey from war-riddled Syria to Munich.

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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...

Why maps are made

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Why maps are made Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
Cars have sat nav systems, mobile phones use GPS: maps are important in everyday life whether captured by aerial photography, satellite imagery or...

Who are Europeans?

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
What is Europe and what defines a European? This free course, Who are Europeans?, looks at the development of identities within Europe and the...

What is Europe?

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What is Europe? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
The European Union (EU), formed out of the ashes of the Second World War, continues to expand in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union....

Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This free course, Managing the European...

A Europe of the Regions?

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
What role will the 'regions' play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This free course, A Europe of the Regions?, examines...

Developing countries in the world trade regime

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Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
Free trade or fair trade? This free course, Developing countries in the world trade regime, will help you to analyse the relationship that exists...

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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 11 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...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 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...

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 11 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

BA (Honours) International Studies

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BA (Honours) International Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

The uses of social science

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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
What can social science tell us about the social world? How can it help us solve the troubles and dilemmas of private and public life?

Living in a globalised world

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Living in a globalised world Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This course uses geographical concepts to help you make sense of our complex, globalised world and the processes and patterns that shape it.