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1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution

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Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
The 1979 Scottish Devolution Referendum set in motion political shifts that are still playing-out today, argues Gerry Mooney.

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Introduction

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Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
This series of articles introduces you to the main themes and issues that informed the Scottish Independence Debate.

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Poverty in Scotland 2014 looks at the September 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the different constitutional futures that were then...

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year Creative commons image Credit: Michel under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Dec 2014
It's been a rollercoaster of a year for the people of Glasgow following the success of the Commonwealth games bookended by two horrific tragedies,...

Scotland's future

Scotland's future Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 23 Sep 2014
On September 18th, 2014, Scotland went to the polls to decide on the nation's future. OpenLearn explored the background to the debates, what...

New Scotland, new democracy?

New Scotland, new democracy? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 10 Sep 2014
It is hope and fear that continue to drive the Scottish debate rather than evidence-based politics, argues Bram Gieben.

OU on the BBC: The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland

OU on the BBC: The Secret History of Our Streets: Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: BBC (Photographer: Alastair Devine)
Updated 04 Sep 2014
The second series of Secret Streets takes on three great cities of Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen.

Being a nation, becoming a state

Being a nation, becoming a state Creative commons image Credit: Wojtek Gurak under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Aug 2014
Scotland is percieved, by many, as already being a nation but will devolution see it become recognised as a state? 

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The incredible shrinking chip

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The incredible shrinking chip Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 15 Sep 2014
One of the most important technologies in use today is also one of the smallest. The microchip was invented in Scotland in 1947 and is now at the...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Aug 2014
Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales. Centuries of development and growth have been influenced by...

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

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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...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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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...

What is poetry?

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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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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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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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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...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Mar 2015
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...

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 30 Mar 2015
Social care in Scotland is increasingly multidisciplinary and community focused – requiring a skilled, adaptable workforce to deliver high quality...

BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland)

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Duration 4800 hours Updated 30 Mar 2015
Social workers support and protect some of society’s most deprived and vulnerable people. It’s immensely challenging and rewarding work, requiring...

The law and social work in Scotland

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The law and social work in Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 31 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Examine legal frameworks that shape and regulate social work decision making in Scotland, and their value from different perspectives, including...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 150 hours Updated 30 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Investigate key areas of the Scottish legal system, including laws relating to employment and children, and consider the role of the Scottish...