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OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Radicalisation and the bystander effect

OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Radicalisation and the bystander effect Copyrighted image Credit: Artistashmita | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Research into radicalisation, letters to help people overcome depression and the bystander effect are discussed on this week's All in the Mind....

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rindali under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Giving Russell Brand a platform for his vague ideas is worrying if we don't treat them with due rigour, argues Robert Herian

OU on the BBC: All in the Mind

OU on the BBC: All in the Mind Creative commons image Credit: The Open University Updated content
Updated 30 Oct 2014
Join us for the series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

So you've written your novel, what now?

So you've written your novel, what now? Copyrighted image Credit: Sabri Deniz Kizil | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Literary agent Joanna Swainson shares her top five tips for hooking an agent. 

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - The making of the Moon

OU on the BBC: BBC Inside Science - The making of the Moon Creative commons image Credit: zhiying_chen under CC-BY-NC-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
The fundamental question – where does the Moon come from? – is the focus of this week's BBC Inside Science.   

The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein

The Secret Life of Books: Frankenstein Copyrighted image Credit: BBC Updated content
Updated 29 Oct 2014
Anatomist and author Professor Alice Roberts dissects one of the earliest examples of Science Fiction, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. 

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Updated 29 Oct 2014
Inspired by the BBC Four series The Secret Life of Books, we have produced a collection of free eBooks for you to download and enjoy.

Cybercrime: What does it mean?

Cybercrime: What does it mean? Creative commons image Credit: The Open University New content
Updated 29 Oct 2014
Explore different types of cybercrime with this collection of animated videos.

What do you know about dyslexia?

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What do you know about dyslexia? Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2014
Take our quiz on dyslexia to test your knowledge of a condition many people don't understand 

The Internet: It's not all bad

The Internet: It's not all bad Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com New content
Updated 28 Oct 2014
Don’t be afraid of the Internet; be wary, be cautious, but keep on using it. By taking some simple steps you can greatly reduce the risk to...

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Migration

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Migration Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 23 Oct 2014
This unit introduces migration in animals, with special reference to birds, and also introduces the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

Moons

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Moons
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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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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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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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...

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Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is a...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the...

Foundation Degree in Business

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Foundation Degree in Business Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
How are businesses organised? How do they develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? And how do these factors impact on a business...

BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Psychology

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BSc (Honours) Psychology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Psychology pervades just about every aspect of our personal and professional lives. The frequent query, ‘What do you have in mind?’ quite literally...

BSc (Honours) Computing and IT

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BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology...

BSc (Honours) Health Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Health Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
If you’re interested in the science behind our health – from what we can do as individuals to stay healthy, to global health issues such as...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 31 Oct 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...