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Atom Bomb in Popular Culture

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Atom Bomb in Popular Culture Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

The History of English in Ten Minutes

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The History of English in Ten Minutes Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 22 Jun 2011
Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive...

University of the Future

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University of the Future Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2011
What does the future of learning look like? For over 40 years The Open University has pushed the boundaries of teaching and learning to deliver a...

Learning to Groove

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Learning to Groove Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 10 Nov 2010
Learning to Groove tells the story of the Tomorrow’s Warriors band as its young musicians learn the art of jazz. Jason Toynbee, leader of the What...

tina howarth's story

tina howarth's story Creative commons image Credit: Herd of Zebra's and Blue Wildebeests - Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jun 2010
Explore the personal side of climate change with tina howarth's diary entry.

Leslie Budd on... old versus new

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Leslie Budd on... old versus new Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jun 2010
Is business our 'brave new world'? Leslie Budd highlights the celebrations of the technologies and products, past and present, which changed our...

OU on the BBC: Reith Lectures 2010: Scientific Horizons

OU on the BBC: Reith Lectures 2010: Scientific Horizons Copyrighted image Credit: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2010
Professor Martin Rees, cosmologist and astrophysicist, presents this year's Reith Lectures, which explore the limits and role of science as a...

Search Engines of the Future: The Pharos project

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Search Engines of the Future: The Pharos project Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
The volume of stored information is growing exponentially and an increasing share is audio-visual content. This content drives the demand for new...

Future Technologies: Designing with vision

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Future Technologies: Designing with vision Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
Everything we wear, every product we use, every building we see is a design defined by a certain shape. The Design with Vision project illustrates...

The Oldest Generation

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The Oldest Generation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 29 Oct 2009
Capturing real-life stories help us understand the dynamics of day to day living, providing valuable research that may well help in future policy...

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Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability

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Systems thinking: Understanding sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the increasingly complex world of change and uncertainty, particularly in the context of climate change, the notion of sustainability is often...

Future energy demand and supply

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Future energy demand and supply Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 13 hours Updated 27 Jul 2011
When you consider that the global annual consumption of primary energy increased more than ten-fold during the 20th Century, the importance of...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science

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Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies

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Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
The Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning skills...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Professional Studies is an extremely flexible qualification, enabling you to develop lifelong learning...

BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology

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BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

Innovation: designing for change

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Innovation: designing for change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 26 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This project-based module looks at how successful innovations emerge, and how innovation can be directed towards ensuring a socially, economically...

Engineering the future

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Engineering the future Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module offers an introduction to what engineering is and how it is practised in modern society, and looks at developments that will shape the...

Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future

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Living without oil: chemistry for a sustainable future Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015 Register by 24 Sep 2015
This course explores oil’s vital role in the modern world and assesses some of the exciting scientific developments that could lead to sustainable...