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Phillip Hughes death: world of cricket comes to terms with tragic loss

Phillip Hughes death: world of cricket comes to terms with tragic loss Creative commons image Credit: YellowMonkey under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
The death of Phillip Hughes will have a huge psychological effect on his teammates, writes Caroline Heaney. 

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense

Blaming Facebook for Lee Rigby’s murder is nonsense Copyrighted image Credit: New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Nov 2014
Scapegoating Facebook for the murder of Lee Rigby is wrong and is being used for political gains, writes Ray Corrigan.

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
Enabling the police to identify who is using a digital device at any time won't catch up with the more advanced criminals, writes Andrew Smith....

Ferguson verdict is another victory for racial fear in the US

Ferguson verdict is another victory for racial fear in the US Creative commons image Credit: Allan Warren under CC BY 2.0) license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
A look at how racial fearmongering has been used to legitimise violence against African-Americans. 

Futurium

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
Digital agenda for Europe.

D-CENT

D-CENT Creative commons image Credit: D-CENTlicensed for reuse under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies.

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Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 27 Nov 2014
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

Visions of protest: Graffiti

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 18 Nov 2014
This unit introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of different examples of graffiti, including...

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world?
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Nov 2014
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Migration

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Migration
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...

New Free OpenLearn Courses

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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...

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Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly emerging to keep pace with increasingly sophisticated consumer...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

Diploma of Higher Education in Leadership and Management

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Diploma of Higher Education in Leadership and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
How do leadership and management theories and ideas influence the way organisations and individuals think and work? If you want to contribute to...

Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning skills...

BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning

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BSc (Honours) Mathematics and its Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Mathematics education has long been a government priority. This unique degree course will give you an understanding of how people learn mathematics...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
This Diploma of Higher Education in Materials Fabrication and Engineering brings together qualifications offered by The Welding Institute (TWI) –...

BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing

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Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for employers to grow staff into registered nurses. The degree...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Nov 2014
Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused – requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality...