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Political insights: Prime Minister's Questions

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
Are PMQs just a political Punch and Judy? Top parliamentary sketchwriters join Open University academic Richard Heffernan in this video discussion.

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons - Episode 1

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
What has the opening episode of Inside the Commons got in store for us? 

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons

OU on the BBC: Inside the Commons Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
This major four-part series from inside the House Of Commons gives viewers unparalleled access to places where cameras are normally forbidden. 

Thirty-five winters of discontent

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Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.

DEBATE: Cameron's 1000 jobs

DEBATE: Cameron's 1000 jobs Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 28 Jan 2015
David Cameron says that the Conservatives have created 1000 jobs for every day they've been in office. Is this true?  

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Conservative job creation, unhappy workers and due dates

OU on the BBC: More or Less - Conservative job creation, unhappy workers and due dates Copyrighted image Credit: Viktor Pravdica | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 28 Jan 2015
More or Less puts the spotlight on Conservative job creation, dairy farmers, the UK's 'unhappiest' workers and the long-term pregnancy trends in...

Good Churchill, bad Churchill?

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Updated 28 Jan 2015
As the UK marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill, we take a look at some of the highlights as well as the controversies of...

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The range of work with young people

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The range of work with young people Updated content
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
This unit identifies some features that we might use to describe the various settings where work with young people takes place. This encourages us...

Introducing engineering

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Jan 2015
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This unit introduces a number of key themes that explore how...

The Holocaust

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The Holocaust Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jan 2015
This unit explores the Holocaust, as the destruction of European Jewry is commonly known. The mass killing represented by the Holocaust raises many...

Moons

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Moons
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Jan 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The unit explores the term ‘motivation’ and factors that influence motivation. This includes looking at the most influential theories of...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Credit: © Morfudd
Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of the unit is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops to address those problems. It uses the evolution of...

A question of ethics: right or wrong?

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 05 Jan 2015
This unit discusses ethical and professional principles in sport and fitness environments. Working closely with individuals and developing...

Personal development planning for engineering

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Personal development planning for engineering Copyright free image Credit: iStock
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Dec 2014
An introduction to Personal Development Planning and career development planning in the context of developing as a professional engineer. In...

Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is ‘how do we know what we know about antiquity?’ Whether we’re...

Looking at, describing and identifying objects

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Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 10 Dec 2014
This unit will enable you to practise and develop your skills of observation and description of objects. It will also enable you to interpret...

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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 30 Jan 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 30 Jan 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 30 Jan 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 30 Jan 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 30 Jan 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 600 hours Updated 30 Jan 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 30 Jan 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...