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Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism?

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism? Copyright free image Copyright free: Francesc Darder (1851-1918) New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
You might think we're past the point where we treated people from different cultures as something to stare at. Ingrid Piller isn't so sure.

Happy Saint Andrew's Day

Happy Saint Andrew's Day Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
As we celebrate St Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland, explore our variety of resources on Scotland's culture, society and heritage. 

OpenLearn Live: 4th November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th November 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: Philip Burne-Jones
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Nov 2016
Was Europe caught in an epidemic of Vampires in the late 1720s? Why is a bank moving beyond the gender binary? What's the problem with sanitary...

Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind

Researching Nirvana: Whatever, Nevermind Creative commons image Dino Gravato under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Updated 01 Nov 2016
Nirvana's album Nevermind - and the subsequent suicide of Kurt Cobain - has turned a grunge statement into a cash machine. Can research tell us how?

OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016

OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: projects.vassar.edu/bookofthedead/
Updated 31 Oct 2016
We're back, and we're bringing Hallowain't back with us. Also: the long history of scary clowns, and the Turing Pardons.

Methods in Motion: Remaking self-help

Methods in Motion: Remaking self-help Creative commons image Meg John Barker under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Oct 2016
Dr Meg-John Barker discusses how new ways of thinking can be linked to new forms of investigation

Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day Copyrighted image Copyright: Global Handwashing Day
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Oct 2016
Take a look at the cultural, social and religious implications of washing hands while also learning more about the science of hygiene and...

Finding the Truth

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Finding the Truth Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 03 Oct 2016
What do you really know about crime? Try our interactive 'Finding the Truth' to dig way beyond the surface of forensic psychology,...

Download your free 'Our Railways' poster

Download your free 'Our Railways' poster Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Updated 28 Sep 2016
Download your free poster on British railways to accompany the OU/BBC series 'Full Steam Ahead'.  

Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list

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Rio 2016: A short Paralympics reading list Copyright free image Copyright free: PIVISO.com
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...

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The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 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...

Climate change: island life in a volatile world

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Aug 2016
What impact will global warming really have? This free course, Climate change: island life in a volatile world, examines the potential problems...

Remaking the relations of work and welfare

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Remaking the relations of work and welfare Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
How do 'welfare to work' programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives? This free course, Remaking the...

Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

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Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Retirement, pensions, care homes old age may not be as rosy as we think. This free course, Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare, looks at old...

Sexuality, parenthood and population

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Sexuality, parenthood and population Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 15 Apr 2016
Sexuality and parenthood encompass some of the most ordinary and yet most profound experiences that life has to offer. In 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 14 Apr 2016
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially...

Psychology in the 21st century

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Psychology in the 21st century Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
Psychology is not a simple subject. This free course, Psychology in the 21st century, examines how different aspects of human behaviour provide the...

The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

Attention

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What does 'attention' mean to you? This free course, Attention, will help you to examine how we 'pay attention'. How do we manage to single out...

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...

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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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 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 02 Dec 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...