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Nae Mair Skyscraper Weans? The Glasgow Red Road Flats controversy

Nae Mair Skyscraper Weans? The Glasgow Red Road Flats controversy Creative commons image Credit: Michelle O'Connell under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence New content
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 New content
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...

Scotland's future

Scotland's future Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 18 Feb 2014
On September 18th, 2014, Scotland goes to the polls to decide on the nation's future. In the coming months, OpenLearn will explore the background...

Democracy Max

Democracy Max Copyrighted image Credit: Democracy Max
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Aug 2013
An independent inquiry into the future of Scotland's democracy.

OU on the BBC: History of Scotland

OU on the BBC: History of Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 May 2013
Neil Oliver returns to Scotland to explore its dramatic history.

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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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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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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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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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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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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...