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Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Sep 2016
Athletes with intellectual disabilities; zika virus; empty seats; risky cheating; inspiration porn - a round-up of pieces about the Paralympic...

Can comedy change your life?

Can comedy change your life? Creative commons image Russell McGovern under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 31 Aug 2016
After years spent in dark comedy clubs and cramped rooms above pubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She...

OpenLearn Live: 25th August 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Aug 2016
The twelve bolts that ensured divers could continue to breathe; a brief history of gay soaps; and the end of conflict in sight in Colombia. Free...

How are Snapchat filters allowing survivors of sexual assault tell their stories?

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How are Snapchat filters allowing survivors of sexual assault tell their stories? Creative commons image Maurizio Pesce under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
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The ability to disguise yourself is allowing Indians to talk openly about the crimes they've been victims of - without having to reveal their...

Festival fever

Festival fever Creative commons image Beth under CC-BY-NC-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
Celebrate the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with our range of free courses, audio and video outlining areas to do with the arts.

Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list

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Rio 2016: A Caster Semenya reading list Creative commons image Citizen59 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2016
Caster Semenya's 800 metres victory at Rio hasn't been met with universal acclaim, as it reopens the debate over hyperadrogenic atheletes.

Rio 2016: Green pools, drug cheats, sexism and nationality - A short reading list

Rio 2016: Green pools, drug cheats, sexism and nationality - A short reading list Creative commons image Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasi under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Aug 2016
Why has the diving pool gone green? What does 'your team' mean in 2016? Will hosting the games make people happier? How sexist are the Olympics? A...

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union? Creative commons image Hazel Nicholson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer people embraced Brexit, explains...

OpenLearn Live: 20th July 2016

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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
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...

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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...

Getting started with SPSS

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Getting started with SPSS Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially...

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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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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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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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,...

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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 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 27 Sep 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...