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Everybody's looking for love

Everybody's looking for love Creative commons image Juliana Coutinho under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Feb 2016
Having a learning disability doesn't mean you don't want the same things as other people when it comes to love - why would it?

How afraid of death are we?

How afraid of death are we? Copyright free image Copyright free: Seadog New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Feb 2016
As a society, we're starting to look death in its hollow eyesockets and pull it into the light. But how scared do we remain of death - and is it...

British food: Moving beyond crisis

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British food: Moving beyond crisis Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have supermarkets got too much power? Have we lost touch with seasonal and local food in favour of convenience choice? Our panel discuss the future...

Why has Sweden tightened its borders?

Why has Sweden tightened its borders? Copyright free image Copyright free: HansStolpe
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
Sweden has long been welcoming of migrants. Now, though, it's starting to take a closer look at people crossing the famous bridge from Denmark...

David Bowie faces the last taboo

David Bowie faces the last taboo Creative commons image NYCArthur under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2016
David Bowie's later work showed him taking on the taboo of death with the vigour he'd used to break barriers of gender and identity, says Elizabeth...

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Jan 2016
The third Monday of January each year is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Look into civil rights and what makes a great speech with our related...

OpenLearn Live: 18th December 2015

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Updated 18 Dec 2015
Meet a pioneering Egyptian feminist, cross the Forth Bridge - and then more free learning through the day.

Why the bands played on: Live music in the shadow of the Paris attacks

Why the bands played on: Live music in the shadow of the Paris attacks Creative commons image Maya-Anaïs Yataghène under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Dec 2015
The murderers who killed gig-goers during the Paris attacks challenged popular music's power to show defiance. They shouldn't win, says Adam Behr.

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit?

Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit? Creative commons image
Updated 25 Nov 2015
When Selfridges is clearing space to make a genderfluid display space, and Will Young is working with trans actors, transgender people might seem...

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The politics of devolution

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

Reading and note taking – preparation for study

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This free course, Reading and note taking preparation for study, will...

What do we mean by 'family'?

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
The idea of 'family' is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties, at both the...

Social problems: Who makes them?

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This free course,...

Does prison work?

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 22 Apr 2015
Does prison work and what purpose does it serve? This free course allows you to listen to a discussion on the purpose, efficacy and regulation of...

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 12 Feb 2015
This free course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

Contemporary Wales

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 02 Dec 2014
This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

Sexuality, parenthood and population

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Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
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 09 Jun 2014
Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially...

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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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...