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Human Rights Week

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Introductory level Updated 02 Dec 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and taking a closer look at...

OpenLearn Live: 2nd December 2016

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Updated 02 Dec 2016
Ice falling from planes isn't an urban myth - it can be more dangerous than that. Plus how Victorians saw Shakespeare. Learning and research from...

I-SPY: Find out more about the research on Internet infidelity

I-SPY: Find out more about the research on Internet infidelity Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
If you enjoyed our I-SPY series and want to dig deeper, find out more about the research on infidelity with Dr Andreas Vosser and Naomi...

Advent with OpenLearn

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Advent with OpenLearn
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
Unveil the free learning treats hidden behind each door of the 2016 OpenLearn Advent calendar and discover some gems from the ...

World AIDS Day

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
1 December is World AIDS Day, a day designed to show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

I-Spy: Episode 3

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I-Spy: Episode 3 Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Dec 2016
Episode three of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rhianna tries to find evidence on the web for Oliver’s alleged infidelity and the...

OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 1st December 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: NASA New content
Updated 01 Dec 2016
Pressure ridges in ice - and the danger they present; an Aids vaccine undergoes trial and a range of advent calendars. Learning and research...

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism?

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism? Copyright free image Copyright free: Francesc Darder (1851-1918) New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
You might think we're past the point where we treated people from different cultures as something to stare at. Ingrid Piller isn't so sure.

What is a password manager - and should I be using one?

What is a password manager - and should I be using one? Copyright free image Copyright free: stevepb New content
Introductory level Updated 30 Nov 2016
Password managers can make keeping track of your online security a little easier. But are the downsides to using them?

I-Spy: Episode 2

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I-Spy: Episode 2 Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
Episode two of the five-part online infidelity drama I-SPY: Rihanna finds out about Oliver’s online flirting and talks on the phone to a friend...

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Exploring equality and equity in education

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Exploring equality and equity in education Copyrighted image Copyright: Adapted courtesy © Mary Quandt and Neil Mitchell Updated content
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 30 Nov 2016
This free course, Exploring equality and equity in education, considers the complexity of social justice as applied to education and reflects on...

Technological innovation: a resource-based view

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Technological innovation: a resource-based view Copyrighted image Copyright: ANDRZEJ DUDZINSKI/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Universal Images Group
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Nov 2016
This free course, Technological innovation: a resource-based view, aims to provide you with an overview and introduction to a range of related...

Early years team work and leadership

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Early years team work and leadership
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 08 Nov 2016
This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Introducing the voluntary sector

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Introducing the voluntary sector
Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 08 Nov 2016
This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how...

The business of football

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The business of football
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 25 Oct 2016
Welcome to this free course, The business of football, produced by The Open University working in partnership with The English Football League...

Liquidity management

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Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 20 Oct 2016
In this free course you will focus on liquidity management, one of the fundamental aspects relating to risk management that has come under intense...

Managing my financial journey

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Oct 2016
This free course, Managing my financial journey, explores the history of the financial services industry in the UK and its transformation following...

Wilberforce

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
William Wilberforce, the politician and religious writer, was instrumental in the abolition of slavery in Britain. This free course explores...

Talk the talk

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
This free course introduces the mechanics of effective, persuasive oral presentations, by giving you the opportunity to analyse examples and then...

Childhood in the digital age

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 18 Oct 2016
This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 900 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years

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Top-up BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Dec 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...