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Earth Day

Earth Day Copyrighted image Credit: earthday.org/
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 May 2014
Worldwide events to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

Taking it further - Ecosystems

Taking it further - Ecosystems Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 12 Sep 2013
Discover the relationships between living organisms and gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works by exploring...

Big Butterfly Count 2012

Big Butterfly Count 2012 Copyrighted image Credit: Big Butterfly Count
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jun 2013
A nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment.

The Galapagos

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The Galapagos Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
The Galapagos Islands are famous for inspiring Charles Darwin to form his Theory of Evolution based on the biodiversity he'd observed there. This...

Hope in a changing climate

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Hope in a changing climate Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 08 Dec 2009
What is ecological restoration? How will it change lives in the developing world? Leading Open University academics Joe Smith and Vince Gauci...

Darwinian Demons

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Darwinian Demons Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 09 Nov 2009
Is 'natural selection' inimical to bio-diversity? Why is the natural world not dominated by a few 'super' species? And in the future, can the...

Darwin in context

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Darwin in context Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 04 Nov 2009
Just how controversial was Charles Darwin? Was he a reluctant revolutionary? And how did he reconcile his religious convictions with his scientific...

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Environmental management and organisations

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Environmental management and organisations
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 18 Jun 2014
It is believed that environmental management requires action at all levels, including by organisations of all types and sizes. However it is not...

Art history: C17th to C19th

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Art history: C17th to C19th Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 50 mins Updated 23 Mar 2012
This collection transports you to Europe of 1600 to 1850. Many of the foundations of European culture were being laid: commerce, arts institutions,...

Changing cities

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Changing cities
Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Jan 2012
Urban processes are increasingly held to be responsible for causing a variety of problems – environmental destruction, social injustice, global...

Wordsworth, De Quincey and Dove cottage

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Wordsworth, De Quincey and Dove cottage Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 25 mins Updated 05 Oct 2011
Can a location inspire great poetry? To what extent can a person’s environment influence their art? After leaving the area as a child the Romantic...

Jupiter and its moons

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Jupiter and its moons Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Jun 2011
Jupiter has long been an object of wonder, with its dramatic Great Red Spot, its numerous and varied satellites and the stunning collision of the...

Innovation: The Environment

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Innovation: The Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2010
With global warming and climate change increasing, what can we do to tackle this problem? This album explores the economics of lowering carbon...

Diverse Perspectives on Mental Health

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Diverse Perspectives on Mental Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 13 Apr 2010
What causes mental distress and what can be done about it? What factors in the external environment affect mental health? This album examines the...

Modelling pollution

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Modelling pollution Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
The cleaning up of the North American Great Lakes is one of the great success stories in pollution control. Modelling gives scientists the tools to...

Environmental Science in the Field

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Environmental Science in the Field Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 55 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
This is a one-week residential course which introduces a range of practical skills appropriate to the study of environmental science. You visit a...

Environmental responsibility

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Environmental responsibility Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Masters level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Complex questions of environmental responsibility are increasingly raised in times of change and uncertainty. The tracks on this album illustrate...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering

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Diploma of Higher Education in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

Foundation Degree in Engineering

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Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in every aspect of our working and personal lives – from electricity...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...

BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation

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BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the...

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 25 Oct 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) Environmental Science

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Environmental science is a vital and vibrant subject, exploring the complexities of the natural environment and our relationship with it. Our...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

BA (Honours) Leadership and Management

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BA (Honours) Leadership and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
This degree course provides an innovative and accessible introduction to leadership and management in business, and explores their impact on...