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The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Customer Service

The Bottom Line Expert Opinion: Customer Service Creative commons image Richard, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Updated 16 Feb 2016
Is a consumer focus appropriate for all business - public as well as private? Peter Bloom discusses customer service in the contemporary age.

Should we test drugs on pregnant women?

Should we test drugs on pregnant women? Copyright free image Copyright free: PDPics
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Feb 2016
The idea might seem ridiculous. But as science writer Emily Anthes explains, there's a strong case for testing drugs on women who are pregnant.

Right to die: what about other circumstances?

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Right to die: what about other circumstances? Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 29 Jan 2016
Reasons for individuals chosing to end their life vary - is there one straightforward answer to the question 'do we have the right to die?' or is...

How to Die: Simon's Choice - Discussion Hub

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How to Die: Simon's Choice - Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Copyright: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have your say, learn more about the issues and discuss the key themes covered by 'How to Die: Simon's Choice'. 

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

Virtual murder: Just a game?

Virtual murder: Just a game? Creative commons image Casey Fleser under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Aug 2015
Can playing violent video games be perceived as a bad thing even if the game player does not show aggressive behaviour in reality?

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Social Science and Psychology Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Pathway Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying Social Science and Psychology is for you - what next?

Kant's Axe

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Kant's Axe Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
This animation explores Kant's thinking on lies. 

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Energy resources: Coal

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Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
During the Industrial Revolution half of the world's coal came from Britain. We still rely heavily on it today to meet our energy needs, but now we...

Marketing in the 21st Century

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Advanced level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
This free course, Marketing in the 21st century, offers a managerial perspective on how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation,...

Plato on tradition and belief

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Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image Copyright: The Bridgeman Art Library
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This free course, Plato on tradition and belief, explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to...

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2016
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2016
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2016
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

Making your exercise instruction certificate count

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Making your exercise instruction certificate count Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 May 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
Link your experience as an exercise instructor or exercise professional to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...

Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1

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Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 May 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
This module, which includes a compulsory one-week residential school, explores the professional practice and skills of engineers including their...

Making your coaching certificate count

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Making your coaching certificate count Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 May 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
Develop your practice as a coach by linking your coaching experience to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...

Exploring philosophy

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Exploring philosophy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explores fundamental philosophical questions from six key areas: the self; philosophy of religion; ethics; knowledge and science; the mind; and...