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Outside the Book

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Outside the Book Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Oct 2014
What function does comedy serve? What do people in power learn by watching tragedies? In this collection of five animations comedienne Josie Long...

Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably?

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Design Essentials: are you sitting comfortably? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
Theo Zamenopoulos, of the OU design faculty, offers a glimpse into the ideological and historical context of design ideas and principles. With Emma...

This Student Life

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This Student Life Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 03 Apr 2014
What is it like to study a distance learning course? What are the challenges of being a modern student? ...

Design Behind the Bike

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Design Behind the Bike Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 05 Nov 2013
The Design Behind the Bike Series explores the effect of science and technology on cycling and explores how the development in technology has...

Atom Bomb in Popular Culture

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Atom Bomb in Popular Culture Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 01 Nov 2013
German surrender brought the Second World War in Europe to an end. But all feared that war with Japan would drag on and on. Behind the scenes, the...

Evolution of human rights

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Evolution of human rights Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 08 Oct 2013
What are the differences between individual and minority rights? How did the League of Nations and United Nations attempt to address the topic of...

Leadership in Health and Social Care

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Leadership in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
These six managers, from frontline roles across health and social care in the UK, are real people in real roles. By sharing their experiences...

What makes a great speech?

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What makes a great speech? Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Aug 2013
Throughout history great orators have been able to capture a shift in the zeitgeist, and tap into an audience’s emotions. Speeches by John. F....

Learning to change

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Learning to change Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 24 Dec 2008
Are you thinking about making a significant change in your life, such as returning to study or taking a different direction at work? This album...

The OU comes to iTunesU

The OU comes to iTunesU Copyrighted image Copyright: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2008
The Open University brings a vast array of free educational audio and video to iTunes

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Women Writers: Voices in Transition

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Women Writers: Voices in Transition Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Advanced level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
In the last century which women writers have truly challenged the existing forms of literature? How did they make their voices heard using brand...

Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi

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Regina Jonas: the first female rabbi Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Advanced level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who is now widely recognised as the world’s first female rabbi, was ordained in Nazi Germany in 1935. However, for many...

International Management

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International Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 45 mins Updated 24 May 2012
How should you address the President of a French Company? Should you reward workers in Turkey by giving them envelopes full of money? Why are so...

James Joyce’s Dublin

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James Joyce’s Dublin Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 25 mins Updated 05 Oct 2011
How did the fictional world James Joyce created reflect his own experiences of Dublin? Did Joyce write about a distinct Irish identity that had...

Design for beginners

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Design for beginners Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 27 May 2011
How do you create depth and tone on paper? How do you create a cd case from scratch? Steve Garner, Professor of Design at The Open University...

Wales: Culture and identity

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Wales: Culture and identity Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Mar 2011
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 Feb 2011
Are you interested in learning more about one of Europe's oldest languages? Or would you simply like to brush up on your Welsh? Then look no...

Environment: journeys through a changing world

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Environment: journeys through a changing world Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 08 Mar 2010
Genetically, mountain gorillas are amongst our closest living relatives, and also one of the world's most endangered species. Half the world's...

Crime, Order and Social Control

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Crime, Order and Social Control Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 30 mins Updated 14 Dec 2009
Have you ever been the victim of crime? Are you fearful of rising crime rates? Crime is one of contemporary society's most pressing social...

Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 14 Dec 2009
If you feel that you are being watched, it may well be that you are. Surveillance is an ever growing feature of 21st century life in countries...

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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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 2016
Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age – discoveries being made now will change your life, and learning physics...

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 01 May 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...

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 01 May 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 01 May 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 May 2016
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 May 2016
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Professional Graduate Certificate in Education

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Professional Graduate Certificate in Education Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 May 2016
If you’re thinking about teacher training but would find a traditional full-time course difficult or impossible, the Open University’s Professional...

Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education

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Graduate Diploma in Mathematics Education Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 May 2016
You don't need a specialist mathematics background to be an effective maths teacher. This professional development diploma course equips you with...