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The English Civil War: Tremors - Introduction

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The English Civil War: Tremors - Introduction Copyrighted image Copyright: Wark Clements
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
Tristram Hunt introduces the section that explores the gathering rumblings before the war.

The 2015 UK election result: A view from Australia

The 2015 UK election result: A view from Australia Creative commons image Andrew Parsons/The Conservative Party under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 08 May 2015
Writing for The Conversation, Brian McNair shares his personal view of what the surprise majority for the Conservatives might mean for the people...

The 1979 General Election in Scotland: A Highpoint for Thatcher and the Tories?

The 1979 General Election in Scotland: A Highpoint for Thatcher and the Tories? Copyrighted image Copyright: Mbastos |
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 Apr 2015
Gerry Mooney discusses the long shadow that Margaret Thatcher still casts over Scottish politics. 

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Bram Janssens | Dreamstime.com
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

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Introduction Creative commons image By The Laird of Oldham via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license
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 Copyright: 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 Michel under CC-BY-2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
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,...

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Science in the Scottish Enlightenment

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Science in the Scottish Enlightenment Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
How is it that a small, poor country in northern Europe became one of the most dynamic centres of Enlightenment thinking? This free course, Science...

Heritage case studies: Scotland

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Heritage case studies: Scotland Creative commons image Roderick Eime under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
The heritage traditions of Scotland are unique in comparison to the rest of Britain. This free course, Heritage case studies: Scotland, uses two...

Forth Road Bridge

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Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Dec 2015
Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is...

The incredible shrinking chip

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 11 Dec 2015
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 08 Dec 2015
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

What is poetry?

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What is poetry? Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 27 Jul 2015
Have you always wanted to try to write poetry but never quite managed to start? This free course, What is poetry?, is designed to illustrate the...

Lennox Castle Hospital

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Jul 2015
This free course, Lennox Castle Hospital, looks at the history of institutions in the twentieth century, starting with a case study of Lennox...

Mental health practice: Bonnyrigg

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 17 Feb 2015
Although society's attitude toward mental illness has improved, discrimination and misconceptions surrounding those affected are still prevalent....

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 03 Oct 2014
Childcare, education, working conditions, healthcare, crime: these issues are hotly debated in today's society. They are also issues that Robert...

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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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
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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BA (Honours) Social Work (Scotland) Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 4800 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: iStock
Introductory level Duration 150 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Investigate key areas of the Scottish legal system, including laws relating to employment and children, and consider the role of the Scottish...

The law and social work in Scotland

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The law and social work in Scotland Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Examine legal frameworks that shape and regulate social work decision making in Scotland, and their value from different perspectives, including...