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Surviving the 21st Century

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Surviving the 21st Century Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 25 Jun 2010
Leading cosmologist Professor Martin Rees once famously said that the human race has only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the 21st century....

Are we really free to choose?

Are we really free to choose? Copyrighted image Credit: By Famosissimo Biole via Flickr under Creative Commons licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2010
All day long we have to make choices. Professor Russell Stannard asks if we’re really free to choose.

Biodiversity

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Biodiversity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Feb 2010
What is biodiversity and why does it matter? How can everyday observations and online databases help to increase our knowledge about the diversity...

Debate: The power of three

Debate: The power of three Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2009
Forum member Samantha asked if there was something special about a certain number

TESSA: Equal Opportunities for Pupils

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TESSA: Equal Opportunities for Pupils Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 Dec 2008
Providing equal opportunities for all pupils, particularly with large classes, can be challenging. 'Public Holiday' and 'Seeking Help' portray...

Probability compared

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Probability compared Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2008
You know you'll die. You know you'll probably never win the lottery. We show you some points in between...

Coincidence, correlation and chance

Coincidence, correlation and chance Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 21 Dec 2005
Helen Joyce and Andrew Stickland look at the probability of coincidence, correlation and chance in our everyday lives

Monty Hall problem

Monty Hall problem Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Dec 2005
A classic game show conundrum - should you stick with your choice, or change your mind?

The Reality of Risk

The Reality of Risk Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2005
Is it possible to avoid risks altogether, or are we always destined to be playing the odds?

When Is a Risk Not A Risk?

When Is a Risk Not A Risk? Copyrighted image Credit: Production team
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Aug 2005
Raj Persaud is one of the most successful psychiatrists in the country. He has appeared in numerous programmes and has published many popular...

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Beginners’ Chinese

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Beginners’ Chinese Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 04 Jun 2010
Do you want to learn some basics in Mandarin Chinese? The tracks presented here are designed to give you a taste of Mandarin Chinese language and...

Chance, Risk and Health

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Chance, Risk and Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
The Human Genome Project, the cutting edge of 21st century science, involves a unique collaboration between biologists, geneticists and...

World in transition: Migration and Trade

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World in transition: Migration and Trade Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 60 mins Updated 23 Feb 2010
What does it mean to be poor, or an immigrant? What form should Aid take? This album begins to explore the complex issues of international...

Understanding Identity

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Understanding Identity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 11 Feb 2010
Who are we? What shapes us into the people we are? Over the last 50 years advances in society and technology has meant that we can be whoever we...

The Acropolis and the Parthenon

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The Acropolis and the Parthenon Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 35 mins Updated 07 Oct 2009
The Acropolis is one of the most famous ancient sites in the world. Rising over the city of Athens 150 metres above sea level, it consists of...

Facilitating creative thinking

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Facilitating creative thinking Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 25 Aug 2009
How do you solve your problems? This album follows two facilitators as they lead a 2-day workshop in creative problem-solving, providing a chance...

International Development: microcredit and migration

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International Development: microcredit and migration Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 21 Jul 2009
What does it mean to be poor, or an immigrant? What form should Aid take? This album begins to explore the complex issues of international...

Exploring mathematics: maths in nature and art

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Exploring mathematics: maths in nature and art Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Jul 2009
What does mathematics have to do with nature or art? The video tracks in this album trace the origin of the mathematics of chaos and describe how...

Introducing environment

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Introducing environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2009
Have you ever thought about how far the contents of your supermarket basket have travelled to get to you, how this impacts on our planet’s systems?...

Cannabis, Consciousness and the Imagination

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Cannabis, Consciousness and the Imagination Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 07 Jul 2009
We know drunk-driving causes death on the roads, but how does taking drugs like cannabis affect your driving skills? This album offers a chance to...

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BA (Honours) International Studies

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BA (Honours) International Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Aug 2014
We live in a society that depends on science, but how many of us really understand the science behind the important issues that feature in the news...