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  • Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Dr Peter Wood, a Visiting Fellow with the Geography Discipline, argues that although methodological choices are often...

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    20 Feb 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers

    Methods in Motion: Getting on your bike, and looking for answers Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Feb 2017
    Dr Peter Wood, a Visiting Fellow with the Geography Discipline, argues that although methodological choices are often seen as technical decisions, they can...
  • Why would a nation move its capital city? Creative commons image Icon Bgabel under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why would a nation move its capital city?

    Eight countries in the last 100 years have elected to transplant the heart of their nations. This short video...

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    26 Jan 2017

  • Why would a nation move its capital city?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2017
    Eight countries in the last 100 years have elected to transplant the heart of their nations. This short video explores why nations go to the bother of such...
  • Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: TARS631 [Attribution or Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

    Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures

    By Dr Ursula Stickler

    Read the stories of some of Vienna’s people who are commemorated in place names around the city.

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    15 Nov 2016

  • Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures

    Stories from Vienna: 6 key figures Copyrighted image Icon 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.
  • Vienna: An interactive map of the city Creative commons image Icon By NordNordWest (Own work usingSRTM30 v.2 data) [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Vienna: An interactive map of the city

    By Dr Ursula Stickler

    Explore Vienna, a city with a long history and a rich variety of culture.

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    15 Nov 2016

  • Vienna: An interactive map of the city

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Nov 2016
    Explore Vienna, a city with a long history and a rich variety of culture.
  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits...

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    03 Nov 2016

  • Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

    Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Icon 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 Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places

    By Dr Gerry Mooney, Dr Brian McGrail

    Scotland and The Battle for Britain features locations all over the country. Explore them and the rest of Scotland's...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    02 Sep 2016

  • Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places

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    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 interactive map.
  • Why do some cities thrive? Creative commons image Icon Scorpions and Centaurs under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Why do some cities thrive?

    Milton Keynes, home of The Open University, has grown successfully as a city - while other places have failed to...

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    07 Jun 2016

  • Why do some cities thrive?

    Why do some cities thrive? Creative commons image Icon 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 find out...
  • Geography Matters Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University

    Geography Matters

    A new initiative Geography Matters is coming to the Faculty of Social Sciences.

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    17 Mar 2016

  • Geography Matters

    Geography Matters Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
    A new initiative Geography Matters is coming to the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016 Creative commons image Icon David Ramos under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    A wall in Prague which united rather than divided. Then more free learning across the day.

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    23 Feb 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 23rd February 2016 Creative commons image Icon 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 Creative commons image Icon Ejaz Asi under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license

    The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on

    By Professor Michael Semple

    Earlier this week, parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan were hit by a large earthquake. By coincidence, it's ten years...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    29 Oct 2015

  • The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on

    The Balakot Earthquake: Ten years on Creative commons image Icon 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 devastated...

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  • Who counts as a refugee?

    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...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    30 Jan 2017

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    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Jan 2017
    The words 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' have a wide variety of connotations in...
  • Why maps are made

    Cars have sat nav systems, mobile phones use GPS: maps are important in everyday life whether captured by aerial photography, satellite imagery or...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Mar 2016

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
    Cars have sat nav systems, mobile phones use GPS: maps are important in everyday...
  • Who are Europeans?

    What is Europe and what defines a European? This free course, Who are Europeans?, looks at the development of identities within Europe and the...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    03 Mar 2016

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    What is Europe and what defines a European? This free course, Who are Europeans?,...
  • What is Europe?

    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....

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Mar 2016

  • What is Europe?

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    The European Union (EU), formed out of the ashes of the Second World War,...
  • Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

    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...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    24 Feb 2016

  • Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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    The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on...
  • A Europe of the Regions?

    What role will the 'regions' play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This free course, A Europe of the Regions?, examines...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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  • A Europe of the Regions?

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    What role will the 'regions' play in the emerging governance structures of the...
  • Developing countries in the world trade regime

    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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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    22 Feb 2016

  • Developing countries in the world trade regime

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    Developing countries in the world trade regime Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
    Free trade or fair trade? This free course, Developing countries in the world...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) International Studies

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    BA  (Honours) International Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Apr 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    The uses of social science

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    The uses of social science Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    What can social science tell us about the social world? How can it help us solve...

    Living in a globalised world

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    Living in a globalised world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    This course uses geographical concepts to help you make sense of our complex,...