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Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem

Thinking outside the box: Resolving the Palestinian problem Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 22 Aug 2014
Dick Skellington talks to Middle East scholar Professor Hovhanness Israel Pilikian about how to start the process of reconciliation and peace.

OU on the BBC: The Market - Inside Smithfield

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2012
Since the 12th Century, Smithfield has provided meat to London. But can it survive in an era of supermarkets and vegans?

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University

Explore your world with free learning from The Open University Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2014
Interested in a new topic and want to dig deeper? Or maybe you're passionate about a subject. Whether it’s a five minute exploration or a 50 hour...

The legacy of Shakespeare

The legacy of Shakespeare Copyright free image Credit: New content
Updated 19 Aug 2014
Many believe William Shakespeare was the greatest playwright who ever lived. Find out more about the man, the work and the legacy.

Did the Chancellor outwit his critics - or out borrow them?

Did the Chancellor outwit his critics - or out borrow them? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 18 Aug 2014
Despite a fragile recovery, with earnings stagnating, Alan Shipman warns we may be facing an indefinite period of austerity.

Materials: Sustainability and structure

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Materials: Sustainability and structure Creative commons image Credit: epSos under CC-BY-2.0 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 18 Aug 2014
Whether it's outlining the world's attitude to plastic bags or admiring the Pont de Normandie, Ian Johnston and Bernie Clark discuss sustainability...

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Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2011
This unit 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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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Apr 2012
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Rundblick: Beginners' German

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 20 Aug 2014
This introductory unit will help you to learn the basics of the German language by taking a journey through German-speaking countries. You will...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland Updated content
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

Stakeholders in marketing and finance

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Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 12 Aug 2014
This unit comprises two short, introductory readings introducing the idea of customers and of stakeholders for financial information. It also...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Jul 2014
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Managing My Money alumni

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Managing My Money alumni
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 30 Jun 2014
The Managing My Money alumni is an area that encourages insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners through our alumni forum and...

Start writing fiction alumni forum

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Start writing fiction alumni forum
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 23 Jun 2014
The Start writing fiction alumni forum encourages the insightful discussions and topical debates with other learners.

Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

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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 23 Aug 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 23 Aug 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 23 Aug 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 18 Aug 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 23 Aug 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 23 Aug 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...