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How the stove changed the kitchen

How the stove changed the kitchen Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The introduction of the gas stove more than a hundred years ago completely changed the way we use the kitchen—and the rest of our homes.

Queen Elizabeth II is 90

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Updated 20 Apr 2016
As Queen Elizabeth II turns 90, take a look at the key moments in her life, reign and British history with our interactive timelines with photos,...

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions?

Can the way research is reported play into sexist assumptions? Copyright free image Copyright free: Geralt
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Apr 2016
The way much research on sexual differentiation is conducted and communicated has come under intense criticism from scholars in both the natural...

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green?

What can Chinese students in Southampton teach us about going green? Creative commons image Jessie Hey under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Research amongst Chinese students studying in the UK explores whether studying overseas can change people's behaviour.

Why is the time right for Donald Trump's style of charismatic leadership?

Why is the time right for Donald Trump's style of charismatic leadership? Creative commons image Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
For some observers, Donald Trump's success in the Republican Primaries is a puzzle. Is it down to his charisma and the times?

When do children develop a sense of gender?

When do children develop a sense of gender? Creative commons image Brian Sawyer under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
Young children are flexible about their ideas of gender - but, for most, that flexibility soon vanishes. When do ideas about gender become fixed in...

What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors?

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What do sports authorities have to do to take account of transgender competitors? Creative commons image Santeri Viinamäki under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Mar 2016
Transgender people are now able to compete at the Olympics - but there are some who worry this might create opportunities for cheating. ...

Superqueeroes: Gender and superheroes

Superqueeroes: Gender and superheroes Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
Why is Wonder Woman only playing a secondary role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?  This article looks at the role of gender in...

How we talk about Savile

How we talk about Savile Creative commons image William Starkey / Ian Macman under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Feb 2016
The coverage of Jimmy Savile's criminal activity shows a media clinging to a sexist perspective, says Professor Karen Boyle

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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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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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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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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...

Living and working in the new economy

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Mar 2016
The new 'service economy': is it a direct result of globalisation? This free course, Living and working in the new economy, examines the switch...

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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 04 May 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 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 04 May 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...