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  • Genius of the Ancient World

    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.

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  • Genius of the Ancient World

    Genius of the Ancient World Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: The Buddha, Socrates and Confucius.
  • Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws Creative commons image Icon Adrian Cable under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws

    On January 23rd, Milton Keynes celebrates 50 years as a new town. But the history of the villages which came together...

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    21 Jan 2017

  • Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws

    Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws Creative commons image Icon Adrian Cable under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jan 2017
    On January 23rd, Milton Keynes celebrates 50 years as a new town. But the history of the villages which came together to form the heart of modern Milton...
  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list Creative commons image Icon StagiaireMGIMO under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

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    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the...

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    20 Jan 2017

  • Desert Island Discs at 75: An OpenLearn listening list

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Jan 2017
    This weekend, BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs celebrates its 75th anniversary. Join us for a rummage in the archives.
  • What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics?

    By Dr Tendayi Bloom, Dr Edward Wastnidge, Dr William Brown

    OU academics from the Department of Politics and International Studies discuss the impact of Donald Trump's election...

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    20 Jan 2017

  • What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics?

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    What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jan 2017
    OU academics from the Department of Politics and International Studies discuss the impact of Donald Trump's election victory on international politics and...
  • What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Creative commons image Icon American Embassy in London under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans?

    By Patricia Hogwood

    Theresa May outlined the UK's approach for the Brexit negotiations. How did he counterparts around the rest of the...

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  • What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Includes explicit content

    What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Creative commons image Icon American Embassy in London under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jan 2017
    Theresa May outlined the UK's approach for the Brexit negotiations. How did he counterparts around the rest of the continent react?
  • Hospital Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Hospital

    Hospital, our new six-part co-production with the BBC, is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 

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  • Hospital

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    Hospital, our new six-part co-production with the BBC, is the story of the NHS in unprecedented times. 
  • What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Darko Stojanovic

    What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead?

    By Shara Yurkiewicz

    First year resident Shara Yurkiewicz shares her experience of performing the last task for a patient.

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    18 Jan 2017

  • What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead?

    What is it like for a doctor to pronounce a patient dead? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Darko Stojanovic New content
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    First year resident Shara Yurkiewicz shares her experience of performing the last task for a patient.
  • Newcastle Can Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC/Keo Films

    Newcastle Can

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Newcastle Can team have set a challenge: can the city of Newcastle can...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Newcastle Can

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    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and the Newcastle Can team have set a challenge: can the city of Newcastle can collectively lose 100,000 lbs in weight in...
  • Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech

    By Dr Paul James Cardwell

    Yesterday, Theresa May finally gave a glimpse into her government's plans for how the UK will leave the EU. Dr Paul...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech

    Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Yesterday, Theresa May finally gave a glimpse into her government's plans for how the UK will leave the EU. Dr Paul James Cardwell considers what we heard.
  • Why do women have abortions?

    By Dr. Lesley Hoggart

    It's been 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 was passed; to highlight this and The Open University's abortion...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Why do women have abortions?

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    It's been 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 was passed; to highlight this and The Open University's abortion research we've produced a video collection on...

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  • Returning to STEM

    This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to help you get back into a career in science, technology,...

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    Advanced level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    This free badged course, Returning to STEM, offers useful skills and solutions to...
  • Visions of protest: Graffiti

    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting understandings of graffiti. It draws on a wide range of graffiti...

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  • Visions of protest: Graffiti

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 Jan 2017
    This free course, Visions of protest: Graffiti, introduces students to contrasting...
  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

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    19 Jan 2017

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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict? Updated content
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Jan 2017
    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and...
  • Forensic science and fingerprints

    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make fingerprints easier to study, how they are used in court and some...

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Forensic science and fingerprints

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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    This free course, Forensic science and fingerprints, covers how science can make...
  • Crimes of the powerful

    This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties...

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    2 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Crimes of the powerful

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    Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new...
  • Word and image

    Why does the way a page looks influence how we interpret the information it contains? This free course, Word and image, will examine how typography...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 Jan 2017

  • Word and image

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Why does the way a page looks influence how we interpret the information it...
  • Work and mental health

    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    17 Jan 2017

  • Work and mental health

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    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those...
  • The value of coffee

    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    17 Jan 2017

  • The value of coffee

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    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 17 Jan 2017
    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
  • In the night sky: Orion

    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky, discover how stars formed and find out about exoplanets, all through...

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    16 Jan 2017

  • In the night sky: Orion

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    In the night sky: Orion Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Manfred_Konrad (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 16 Jan 2017
    In this free course, In the night sky: Orion, you will explore the night sky,...
  • Discovering Wales and Welsh: first steps

    This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh people are via a brief look at history and two significant figures,...

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    13 Jan 2017

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    This free course, Discovering Wales and Welsh, introduces you to who the Welsh...

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    Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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    Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    If you’re fascinated by astronomy and planetary science, this certificate course...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    Certificate in Physics

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    Duration 900 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age –...

    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject...

    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 Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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    Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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    Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Jan 2017
    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...
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