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

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Revolution Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Oct 2014
People across the world rising up in the name of freedom and equality: Andrew explores revolutions in human history.

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Reverdy Road

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Reverdy Road Creative commons image Credit: Martin Addison under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Oct 2014
A street that didn't make it through the war unscathed - but with a home to a doctor that has survived since the 1880s.

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

OU on the BBC: Andrew Marr's History of the World - Age of Plunder Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
In this episode, Andrew tells the story of Europe's rise from piracy to private enterprise.

Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult

Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult Creative commons image Credit: Wikimedia under CC-BY-4.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
Is an art exhibition in Russia, conveying Putin as the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), narcissistic, sinister or hilariously ironic? 

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Arnold Circus

 The Secret History Of Our Streets - Arnold Circus Creative commons image Credit: Robert Lamb under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
Britain's first council estate was closely planned - how is it faring in the 21st century?

The Bottom Line - Flash sales

The Bottom Line - Flash sales Creative commons image Credit: Tim Parkinson under CC-BY-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
The rapid growth of online flash sale companies is discussed by Evan Davis and three entrepeneurs from this sector. 

An English Parliament: The best way to save the UK?

An English Parliament: The best way to save the UK? Copyright free image Credit: Public domain image New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Oct 2014
Can an English parliament break the constitutional logjam? James Dennison believes it could.

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Copyrighted image Credit: Megalomaniac | Dreamstime.com - Africa On Map Of The World Photo New content
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

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Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Oct 2014
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

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New Free OpenLearn Courses Copyrighted image Credit: © mattjeacock/istock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Oct 2014
This collection highlights the new free OpenLearn courses that have recently been published.

Introduction to ecosystems

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Introduction to ecosystems
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 02 Oct 2014
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...

Managing my money

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Managing my money
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 01 Oct 2014
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Language, notation and formulas

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Language, notation and formulas Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Sep 2014
Communication is as vital in mathematics as in any language. This unit will help you to express yourself clearly when writing and speaking about...

An introduction to material culture

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An introduction to material culture Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 24 Sep 2014
This unit is an introduction to the study of material culture. It asks why we should study things and outlines some basic approaches to studying...

Introduction to computer forensics and investigations

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Introduction to computer forensics and investigations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Sep 2014
This unit is an easy introduction to some of the issues both in data privacy and computer forensics - with a few easily available tools people can...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Sep 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This unit comprises two sections introducing the idea of customers and stakeholders for financial information. It also contains two activities in...

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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 20 Oct 2014
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 20 Oct 2014
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 20 Oct 2014
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 20 Oct 2014
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 20 Oct 2014
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 600 hours Updated 20 Oct 2014
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 20 Oct 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...