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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...

Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

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Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 21 Jun 2012
Is it possible to eradicate poverty? What steps should be taken to ensure an environmentally sustainable future for our planet? Rio+20 is a United...

Multiculturalism Bites

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Multiculturalism Bites Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 3 hours 15 mins Updated 08 Jul 2011
Multiculturalism is one of the most vexing political issues of our day. How can people with very different values and customs live alongside each...

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...

Berlusconi: the politically incorrect politician

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Berlusconi: the politically incorrect politician Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Oct 2010
Sex scandals, divorce, alleged links to the mafia, showman, entrepreneur, and as some might describe him – the politically incorrect politician....

Pitfalls of Polls

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Pitfalls of Polls Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Oct 2010
What are opinions polls? A public form of political gossip, a way for politicians to test public reactions to policies or an accurate prediction of...

Money and Emotions

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Money and Emotions Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 16 Sep 2010
How do emotions affect financial decisions? Is their impact always bad, or are emotions an important part of making good financial decisions? Can a...

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....

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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...

Inside the International Criminal Court

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Inside the International Criminal Court Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
What is the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? How will the ICC develop in the 21st century? The ICC was created in 2002 as a...

English: Language of controversy

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English: Language of controversy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 12 Aug 2011
Is English a force for good? What have been the ramifications of this language’s dominance in ex colonies and also throughout the world?...

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...

Retail management and marketing

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Retail management and marketing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 10 Jun 2011
How do retailers decide where to locate new stores? Why do consumers behave in a particular manner? How does a frozen pea get from harvest to a...

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...

The Future For Finance

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The Future For Finance Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 04 Jun 2010
The financial crisis of 2008 has been widely blamed on poor regulation of financial institutions and the bonus driven casino culture. So what...

Science Communication and Public Engagement

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Science Communication and Public Engagement Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Masters level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 19 Apr 2010
The adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel ‘The War of The Worlds’ in 1938 showed the power of radio to capture listeners’ imagination through science...

Introduction to sport, fitness and management

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Introduction to sport, fitness and management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
This series of tracks looks at Health and Fitness centres and how they are run as well as providing an insight into the training of future elite...

Introducing professional practice

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Introducing professional practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
This series of tracks looks at several aspects of health work including child protection services, hospitals and mental health providers with an...

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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 Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 02 Sep 2014 Register by 25 Sep 2014
This course explores oil’s vital role in the modern world and assesses some of the exciting scientific developments that could lead to sustainable...