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More Giant Pandas than Tory MPs!

More Giant Pandas than Tory MPs! Copyrighted image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 24 Apr 2014
With the 'Yes' campaign closing on the 'No' in the polls, Scottish independence may depend on how the country perceives its welfare future. Is the...

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Red Road Flats controversy

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014 and the Red Road Flats controversy Creative commons image Credit: Michelle O'Connell under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence
Updated 10 Apr 2014
A reflection on the decisions made about involving the Red Road Flats in Glasgow as part of the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (2014).

You've got your Scottish pound - why don't you use it?

You've got your Scottish pound - why don't you use it? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 07 Apr 2014
Campaigners, upset at being excluded from the UK pound, should think of what they might gain by creating their own, argues Alan Shipman in the...

Scotland is simmering

Scotland is simmering Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 02 Apr 2014
Bram Gieben argues that September's vote may depend on the extent the Scots begin realise they have a chance to create a new kind of society, in...

Wee Play

Wee Play Copyrighted image Credit: scotlandlovesdemocracy.org
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Mar 2014
A card game on the Scottish independence referendum.

The Open University already crosses borders

The Open University already crosses borders Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Andy Hendry
Updated 18 Feb 2014
As a UK-wide institution, The Open University will have to adapt however the independence vote goes. But the university is already adpet at dealing...

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: (c) John Birdsall
Introductory level Duration 40 hours Updated 23 Dec 2013
This course will provide the foundations of understanding self-directed support in Scotland in the wider context of personalisation. Providing...

Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century

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Health, disease and society: Scottish influence in the 19th century Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Nov 2013
This unit examines the role that Scots played in contributing to the developments in healthcare during the nineteenth century. The radical...

What is poetry?

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What is poetry? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This unit is designed to illustrate the techniques behind both the...

Heritage case studies: Scotland

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Heritage case studies: Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The heritage traditions of Scotland are unique in comparison to the rest of Britain. This unit uses two case studies to demonstrate how heritage...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Robert Owen and New Lanark Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime … these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

David Hume

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Intermediate level Duration 16 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of 1755, ‘Of the...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Nationalism, self-determination and secession Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What makes a ‘nation’ and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This unit will provide you with an introduction to studying political ideas by...

The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2013
This unit, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power, Equality and Dissent, is pitched at...

Sustainable Scotland

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Sustainable Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 03 Jun 2013
This broad-based unit will introduce you to a number of different aspects of sustainability that impact on Scotland and the wider world. It wil...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the UK. If you’re a...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
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 Primary Teaching and Learning

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Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a teaching...

Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and opportunities in later life – and the adults who work with them are...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused – requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality...

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

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BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 4800 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: iStock Updated content
Introductory level Duration 150 hours Updated 25 Jul 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Investigate key areas of the Scottish legal system, including laws relating to employment and children, and consider the role of the Scottish...