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  • How can you turn desert into farmland? Creative commons image Icon Tim Zachernuk under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    How can you turn desert into farmland?

    By Richard Blaustein

    Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production,...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    19 Apr 2018

  • How can you turn desert into farmland?

    How can you turn desert into farmland? Creative commons image Icon Tim Zachernuk under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 19 Apr 2018
    Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production, erosion, and more, affecting the lives of...
  • Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City Creative commons image Icon Ron Reiring under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City

    By John Tomaney

    In Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Richard Sennett approaches the question of how we should live in the...

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    18 Apr 2018

  • Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City

    Review: Building and Dwelling - Ethics for the City Creative commons image Icon Ron Reiring under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    In Building and Dwelling: Ethics for the City, Richard Sennett approaches the question of how we should live in the city. Drawing upon two aspects of the...
  • Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two Creative commons image Icon Tim Loudon via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
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    03 Apr 2018

  • Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two

    Dropping the population bomb - 50 years of BBC environmental broadcasting, part two Creative commons image Icon Tim Loudon via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Updated 03 Apr 2018
    How have the films and radio programmes broadcast by the BBC shaped how we understand environmental change issues? Joe Smith shares his journey through the...
  • Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues Creative commons image Icon Athole McLauchlan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    27 Mar 2018

  • Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues

    Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues Creative commons image Icon Athole McLauchlan under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Mar 2018
    How have the films and radio programmes broadcast by the BBC shaped how we understand environmental change issues? Joe Smith shares his journey through the...
  • Order your FREE 'Understanding Nature: Landscapes and Lives' booklet Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Dec 2017

  • Order your FREE 'Understanding Nature: Landscapes and Lives' booklet

    Order your FREE 'Understanding Nature: Landscapes and Lives' booklet Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Dec 2017
    Order your free 'Understanding Nature: Landscapes and Lives' booklet to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Hugh's Wild West'.
  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power, Part 2 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Open University

    The Legacy of Nuclear Power, Part 2

    By Dr Petr Jehlička

    What ethical decisions does burying nuclear waste involve, and how are we responsible to future generations?  ...

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    20 Dec 2017

  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power, Part 2

    The Legacy of Nuclear Power, Part 2 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Dec 2017
    What ethical decisions does burying nuclear waste involve, and how are we responsible to future generations?       ...
  • Map Reading Creative commons image Icon OS Open Data under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Map Reading

    By Vicky Johnson

    Brush up on your map reading skills - you never know when you might run out of battery!

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    20 Dec 2017

  • Map Reading

    Map Reading Creative commons image Icon OS Open Data under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Dec 2017
    Brush up on your map reading skills - you never know when you might run out of battery!
  • Syria, Spitsbergen and Seeds Creative commons image Icon Flickr under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
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    13 Nov 2017

  • Syria, Spitsbergen and Seeds

    Syria, Spitsbergen and Seeds Creative commons image Icon Flickr under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Nov 2017
    How are the civil war in Syria, the remote Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, and the future of the world’s food supplies connected? 
  • What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief? Creative commons image Icon DFID under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    19 Oct 2017

  • What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief?

    What part did citizen science play in hurricane disaster relief? Creative commons image Icon DFID under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2017
    The Caribbean was hit by two powerful hurricanes in quick succession - Irma and Maria. Citizen scientists were amongst those who swung into action to help,...
  • Germany's Hidden Bombs Creative commons image Icon Holger Weinandt under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Germany's Hidden Bombs

    By Professor Annika Mombauer

    There are between 135,000 and 270,000 tons of unexploded bombs from the Second World War remaining in Germany’s soil....

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    06 Oct 2017

  • Germany's Hidden Bombs

    Germany's Hidden Bombs Creative commons image Icon Holger Weinandt under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Oct 2017
    There are between 135,000 and 270,000 tons of unexploded bombs from the Second World War remaining in Germany’s soil. Professor Annika Mombauer looks at the...

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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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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    15 Apr 2016

  • Who counts as a refugee?

    Who counts as a refugee? Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • 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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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2016

  • Why maps are made

    Why maps are made Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • 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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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    03 Mar 2016

  • Who are Europeans?

    Who are Europeans? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
    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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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    03 Mar 2016

  • What is Europe?

    What is Europe? Copyrighted image Icon 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,...
  • 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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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    24 Feb 2016

  • Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

    Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    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...
  • 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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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    24 Feb 2016

  • A Europe of the Regions?

    A Europe of the Regions? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
    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

    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

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) International Studies

    BA  (Honours) International Studies Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: cegoh / Pixabay
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Creative commons image Icon Glenn Halog under CC-BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Apr 2018
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...