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    20 Jun 2018

  • The weakness of European Wales

    The weakness of European Wales Creative commons image Icon Steve Watkins under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Updated content
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    Why did ‘left-wing’ Wales vote to Leave the EU?
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    Gender, IT and economic growth

    By Dr Parvati Raghuram

    Does gender matter to the world's fastest growing economies? Parvati Raghuram explores how the labour driving many...

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    14 Jun 2018

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    Does gender matter to the world's fastest growing economies? Parvati Raghuram explores how the labour driving many Rising Powers is gendered.
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    05 Jun 2018

  • My Interest in Cities is Really an Interest in the Way People Live

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2018
    How do cities bring places, relationships and networks together, and what sorts of politics do they create? 
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    United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21

    By Professor Joe Smith

    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate...

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    24 Apr 2018

  • United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 24 Apr 2018
    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate change as if you were there. 
  • 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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    19 Apr 2018

  • How can you turn desert into farmland?

    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

    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

    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...
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    Non-existent countries

    By Andy Morris

    What makes a country count as a country? Andy Morris interviews geographer and broadcaster Nick Middleton about his...

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    09 Apr 2018

  • Non-existent countries

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2018
    What makes a country count as a country? Andy Morris interviews geographer and broadcaster Nick Middleton about his recent book 'An Atlas of Countries that...
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    03 Apr 2018

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

    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...
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    27 Mar 2018

  • Fifty years of BBC broadcasting about environmental change issues

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    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...
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    22 Dec 2017

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

    Download 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
    Download your free 'Understanding Nature: Landscapes and Lives' booklet to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Hugh's Wild West'.

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    Mosquito resistance to insecticides

    Learn about how allele frequency can change rapidly in a population in response to selective pressure by considering how evolutionary change can...

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    22 Jun 2018

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    Learn about how allele frequency can change rapidly in a population in response to...
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    Passports: identity and airports

    This free course, Passports: identity and airports, offers a sociological analysis of the modern airport. Using a lively mixture of videos,...

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    18 Sep 2017

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    This free course, Passports: identity and airports, offers a sociological analysis...
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    'Land grab': an environmental issue?

    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    02 Feb 2017

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    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 02 Feb 2017
    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental...
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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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    15 Apr 2016

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    The words 'refugee' and 'asylum seeker' have a wide variety of connotations in...
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    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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    Cars have sat nav systems, mobile phones use GPS: maps are important in everyday...
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    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

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

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2016

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    The European Union (EU), formed out of the ashes of the Second World War,...
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    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

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    The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on...
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    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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    24 Feb 2016

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    What role will the 'regions' play in the emerging governance structures of the...
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    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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    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jun 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Jun 2018
    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jun 2018
    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 Jun 2018
    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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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jun 2018
    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 Jun 2018
    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 Jun 2018
    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 Jun 2018
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...