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Is democracy a good thing?

Is democracy a good thing? Creative commons image Credit: Radub85 | Dreamstime.com New content
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Apr 2015
Is democracy the best way to select who runs our country? Is it unequivocally a good thing? Professor Derek Matravers discusses Plato's argument...

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Survival

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Survival Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Andrew Marr sets off on an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history, starting with our earliest beginnings in Africa

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS

Thinking Allowed: Post traumatic stress; managing beds in the NHS Copyright free image Credit: By Underwood & Underwood. (US War Dept.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
This week's Thinking Allowed looks at notions of male bravery and the relation to post traumatic stress, as well as bed issues within the NHS.

‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad?

‘Chaos’ became ‘crisis’ – but was the reality so bad? Creative commons image Credit: Keir Hardie under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
Tory themed their broadcast around James Callaghan's 'Crisis? What crisis?' which ridiculed Labour's worst time in 1974-79. But was the...

Wartime Farm - Episode 1

Wartime Farm - Episode 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Lion TV / BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2015
After the outbreak of hostilities, our heroes of the Home Front get stuck in to keeping the nation fed.

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light

Astronomy and Light - International Year of Light Copyrighted image Credit: By Davidherraezcalzada via Dreamstime under subscription New content
Introductory level Updated 23 Apr 2015
Free learning resources in astronomy, relating to light, as part of The Open University's International Year of Light celebrations. 

The spectre of 'British values' and education policy

The spectre of 'British values' and education policy Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2015
The next government needs to think carefully about what is to be done with the spectre of British values or wake up with a severe post...

The Open University and The International Year of Light

The Open University and The International Year of Light Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Apr 2015
The Open University  is a “Gold Associate Sponsor” for the International Year of Light & Light Based Technology 2015

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools Creative commons image Credit: Cabinet Office under CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Is the crisis over primary school places solely due to the Conservative's free school programme? Jacqueline Baxter discusses all the factors that...

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Eating to win: Activity, diet and weight control

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Eating to win: Activity, diet and weight control Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 22 Apr 2015
What should we eat before and after exercise? This free course, Eating to win: activity, diet and weight control, examines the importance of...

Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: © 2009 Image Source/Jupiterimages Corporation Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Apr 2015
Learn about the essential numerical skills required for accounting and bookkeeping. This free course, Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting,...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

Taking your first steps into higher education

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Taking your first steps into higher education Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of chanpipat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this badged course is for you. ...

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems Updated content
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
If we don’t grasp why ecosystems function, it becomes harder to determine possible reasons for when they don’t, and makes it difficult to identify...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing...

Managing my money

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Managing my money Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world? Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course provides a good basic introduction and equips you with the skills...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
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...

Certificate in Physics

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Certificate in Physics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 900 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 27 Apr 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...