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Children and the Internet

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Children and the Internet Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 28 May 2014
What impact has the internet had on children’s lives? How has the arrival of the web changed children’s exposure to media? ...

Is the UK in a moral panic about obesity?

Is the UK in a moral panic about obesity? Copyrighted image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 23 May 2014
Three quarters of British men are predicted to be obese by 2030. Have we become greedier and less active or are more complicating factors at work?

Indymedia

Indymedia Copyrighted image Credit: indymedia.org
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Mar 2014
A global participatory network of journalists.

Media fairness and bias

Media fairness and bias Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory level Updated 30 Apr 2013
Article three of eight: Have the media been fair in their reporting?

People's Voice Media

People's Voice Media Copyrighted image Credit: People's Voice Media
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Apr 2013
A community development organisation specialising in using social media to support people to have a voice, challenge perceptions and describe their...

Two can play at that game: When polls collide

Two can play at that game: When polls collide Copyrighted image Credit: Kaarsten | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Nov 2012
Can surveys be rigged to give each client the result they want? Or is there some subterfuge at hand in the way the results of polls can be reported...

Thailand: The Politics of Blood

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Thailand: The Politics of Blood Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 24 Oct 2010
In Thailand, the international media is the battleground for political ideas. Protests have become increasingly dramatic and well organised. In...

Newsworthy Lawyers

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Newsworthy Lawyers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Aug 2010
Historically judges and lawyers didn’t do interviews, give press conferences or be subject to journalistic scrutiny. Nowadays it is considered a...

Privacy Laws and the Media

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Privacy Laws and the Media Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 16 Aug 2010
With privacy and libel cases on the increase, and the recent surge in ‘no win no fee’ law suits, is it now too easy to sue for defamation? And are...

Global responses to Darwin's ideas

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Global responses to Darwin's ideas Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Nov 2009
How was Darwin initially received in Europe, and beyond? Why was he eagerly accepted in some countries and bitterly rejected in others? And how can...

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Art history: modern and contemporary

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Art history: modern and contemporary Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Intermediate level Duration 55 mins Updated 23 Mar 2012
Baffled by modern art and architecture? You’re not alone! This collection gives new insight into today’s shifting kaleidoscope of visual culture...

The public policy – action relationship

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The public policy – action relationship Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 21 Jul 2011
Much literature on the public policy process focusses narrowly on the policy-making part. This unit widens the focus to examine the implementation...

Pygmalion meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Pygmalion meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 55 mins Updated 17 Aug 2010
The popular American TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spanned seven seasons and gained a cult following. But how is it linked to the culture of...

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...

Introducing Religions

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Introducing Religions Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Why study religion? An understanding of the world’s religious traditions is crucial in helping us to appreciate not just the varied forms of belief...

Islam in the West

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Islam in the West Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
This course is designed to stimulate informed debate about the role of Islam in western societies. Issues explored include the diversity of western...

This Sporting Planet

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This Sporting Planet Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Sport is a massive global phenomenon. Events and sporting heroes attract an enormous amount of interest. What’s going on? Why do sporting heroes...

Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish

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Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 03 Sep 2008
This is the first course in the University’s Diploma in Spanish. It extends the language skills developed in previous intermediate and introductory...

Motive: Upper Intermediate German

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Motive: Upper Intermediate German Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 May 2008
This course extends language skills and cultural knowledge. By working with authentic material from German-speaking countries, you will learn how...

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

The art of English

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The art of English Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore creativity in the English language: from everyday use (conversation, children’s language, correspondence, online chat) to ‘high culture’...

Art of the twentieth century

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Art of the twentieth century Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore the key media, artists, movements which have revolutionised the concept and practice of art in modern times – from painting and sculpture...

Technologies for digital media

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Technologies for digital media Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Digital technologies are transforming our experience of media. This course will enable you to understand how, and looks at related social, ethical...