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    18 Apr 2018

  • History offers Britain an important lesson on shutting down immigration

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    Britain’s struggle to come to terms with immigration is starting to look like a case of history repeating itself argues Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr...
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    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer

    Following workers for three years as they race to build an enormous super sewer on time and on budget.

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    31 Jul 2018

  • The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer

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    Following workers for three years as they race to build an enormous super sewer on time and on budget.
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    Charles Dickens and the dinosaurs

    By John C Murray

    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have...

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    How was Charles Dickens influenced by Victorian interest in dinosaurs? John C Murray explores how Dickens might have been shaped by the work of Richard Owen...
  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

    By Richard Bronk

    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which...

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    19 Jul 2018

  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2018
    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which standard economics, by failing to take...
  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    By Paola Conconi

    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure...

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  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    Why do multinationals hope for a customs union? Creative commons image Icon Becky Lai under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
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    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola...
  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory...

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  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit? Creative commons image Icon Elliott Brown under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
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    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory explains why this might be.
  • A trip to Mercury

    By Professor David Rothery

    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European...

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    18 Jul 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 18 Jul 2018
    The OU's Dave Rothery recently gave a Tedx talk on what he's learned as part of the team preparing for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to...
  • World Emoji Day

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation...

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    17 Jul 2018

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    July 17th is World Emoji Day. Discover their impact on language and communication in our hub with an emoji animation voiced by Lauren Laverne, academic...
  • Unfreezing urban infrastructures

    By Dr Nick Bingham

    In the Five Billion Pound Super Sewer we are given a rare insight into the ways that often ignored urban...

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    17 Jul 2018

  • Unfreezing urban infrastructures

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    In the Five Billion Pound Super Sewer we are given a rare insight into the ways that often ignored urban infrastructures shape city life.
  • How London got its Victorian sewers

    By Bob Everett

    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But...

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  • How London got its Victorian sewers

    How London got its Victorian sewers Creative commons image Icon sub-urban.com under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license Updated content
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    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into...

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    This free course, Introduction to critical criminology, provides a brief introduction to critical criminological thinking. It defines the ways in...

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    This free course, Introduction to critical criminology, provides a brief...
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    Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink

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  • Can renewable energy sources power the world?

    We ask the question ‘Can renewable energy sources power the world?’ as a response to the growing awareness that increased use of renewable energy...

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    We ask the question ‘Can renewable energy sources power the world?’ as a response...
  • The business of football

    Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League...

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    Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open...
  • Beginners' German: Places and people

    Do you want to learn the basics of the German language? This free course, Beginners' German: Places and people, will take you on a journey through...

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    Animals at the extremes: The desert environment

    Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats. This free course, Animals at the extremes: The desert...

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    Animal life has adapted to survive in the most unlikely and inhospitable habitats....
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    Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It

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    Do you enjoy watching Shakespeare's plays and like the idea of finding out more...
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    Taking your first steps into higher education

    What is university study like? Is it for me? If you are asking yourself these questions, this free course is for you. Taking your first steps into...

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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move....

    Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management
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    What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate...

    Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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    You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths...

    Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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    Foundation Degree in Youth Justice (England and Wales)
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    How can we improve the lives of children and young people who are ‘in trouble’?...

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    Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities,...

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    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Health Sciences

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    If you’re interested in human biology, psychology and health, or you are thinking...

    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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    Top-up Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
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    This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Computing and IT

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    In the twenty-first century technology dominates the way we live, work, socialise...
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