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OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: Yale University Press New content
Updated 20 Jul 2016
The sociologist who suggested gender is a social structure; what DNS is when it's working; then more free learning across the day.

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them?

Who are otherkin - and how should we view them? Creative commons image Wellcome Library, London under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2016
People who choose to identify as something other than human can often be the subject of ridicule.  Pedro Feijó has researched how...

Thinking Allowed July 2016

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Thinking Allowed July 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC New content
Updated 13 Jul 2016
The Open University comes together with the BBC's venerable social sciences programme to explore the latest thinking in society

The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016

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The refugees hoping to make a splash at Rio 2016 Creative commons image UN Brasil under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jun 2016
This year's Olympics includes a team of Refugees for the first time. Hear some of the athlete's stories - and find out why their participation is...

The Orlando killings were "a queerphobic attack"

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The Orlando killings were Creative commons image Victoria Pickering under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jun 2016
It's vital to remember the motivation behind the mass killings in Orlando, says João Florêncio - but that doesn't mean stigmatising people with...

Reacting to Hillary Clinton's nomination

Reacting to Hillary Clinton's nomination Creative commons image Nathaniel F under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Jun 2016
Hillary Clinton has won enough delegates to be certain of being the Democratic Party's candidate for President. She's the first woman to have been...

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...

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.

Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud

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Timeline: Marx, Nietzsche and Freud
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 May 2016
Explore the lives and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud with our interactive timeline.

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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...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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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...

Innovation, markets and industrial change

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
How does a firm emerge as 'leader of the pack'? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This free...

Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands

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Oil industry in Scotland: Making photographs, making demands Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
The oil industry is perhaps the archetypal globalised industry, and it is this global scale that poses the challenge. How can the full dimensions...

Learning from audio visual material: Migrants and borders

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Learning from audio visual material: Migrants and borders Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course, Learning from audio visual material: Migrants and borders, provides you with a further opportunity to practise the learning from...

Social problems: Who makes them?

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Social problems: Who makes them? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This free course,...

Getting started with SPSS

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Getting started with SPSS Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially...

Climate change: island life in a volatile world

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
What impact will global warming really have? This free course, Climate change: island life in a volatile world, examines the potential problems...

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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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 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 25 Jul 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...