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What is this political space we call 'immigration'?

What is this political space we call 'immigration'? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Apr 2015
Four frames white people in the UK use to understand immigration.

What does it mean to be me?

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What does it mean to be me? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
Watch these short and snappy animations on the subject of me: the individual, memory, 'self' and existential ideas.

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015

Thinking Allowed: The Ethnography Award winner 2015 Copyrighted image Credit: Roman Milert | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2015
In this episode of BBC Radio 4's Thinking Allowed, Laurie Taylor announces the Ethnography award winner 2015. 

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Deptford High Street

The Secret History Of Our Streets - Deptford High Street Creative commons image Credit: Mike Quinn under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Apr 2015
How did the "Oxford Street of South London" come to be one of the poorest shopping streets in modern London? 

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 Creative commons image Credit: Daniel.Stark under CC-BY-NC-SA licence Updated content
Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Apr 2015
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) 2015 begins in the evening April 15th and ends on the evening of April 16th. Find out more about one of the...

What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

The Election Debate Visualisation Project

The Election Debate Visualisation Project Copyrighted image Credit: EDV Project / Party leader images CC Plaid Cymru / Edinburgh Greens / Scottish Government / Gage Skidmore / Ed Miliband New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Even though social media is thoroughly embedded in voters’ culture we have yet to come up with an engaging, interactive way to share our feedback...

Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground

Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground Copyrighted image Credit: Davidwatmough | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
In the lead up to the 2015 General Election, Alan Shipman looks back at how the Liberals built on the abandoned middle ground. 

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Descartes Cogito Ergo Sum Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
Stephen Fry explains Rene Descartes argument 'Cogito Ergo Sum' - 'I think, therefore I am'. 

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting

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Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting Copyrighted image Credit: © 2009 Image Source/Jupiterimages Corporation Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Apr 2015
This free course Introduction to bookkeeping and accounting provides an introduction to the essential numerical skills required for accounting and...

Writing what you know

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Writing what you know Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world...

English: skills for learning

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English: skills for learning Copyrighted image Credit: © PepitolPhotos/Istockphoto.com Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] This course is for anybody who is thinking of studying for a university degree and would like to develop the English reading and writing...

Managing my money

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Managing my money Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Gain the skills to manage your personal finances: managing budgets, debts, investments, property purchase, pensions and insurance.

Can renewable energy power the world?

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Can renewable energy power the world? Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Renewable energy sources are gaining an increasing share of world energy supplies. In the next eight weeks we’ll cover the physical principles...

Succeed with learning

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Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] Succeed with learning is an informal, introductory course for people who want to feel more confident about their learning skills. This...

Succeed with maths – Part 2

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Succeed with maths – Part 2 Copyrighted image Credit: Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] Following on from Succeed with maths – Part 1 this course will continue to develop your mathematical knowledge and skills using everyday...

Moons

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Moons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Find out what makes them special. Should we send humans to our Moon again?

The business of football

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The business of football Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
Welcome to this free new OpenLearn course produced by The Open University working in partnership with The Football League Trust. If you are...

Succeed with maths – Part 1

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Succeed with maths – Part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Updated content
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 15 Apr 2015
[BETA] If you feel that maths is a mystery that you want to unravel then this short 8-week course is for you. The course will guide you through how...

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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 Apr 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 20 Apr 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 20 Apr 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 20 Apr 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 20 Apr 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 1200 hours Updated 20 Apr 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 20 Apr 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...