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Happy Saint Andrew's Day

Happy Saint Andrew's Day Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
As we celebrate St Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland, explore our variety of resources on Scotland's culture, society and heritage. 

Poverty in Scotland 2016: Tools for Transformation

Poverty in Scotland 2016: Tools for Transformation
Updated 06 Sep 2016
Poverty in Scotland 2016 explores different aspects of poverty and disadvantage in Scotland in the context of the rapidly changing political...

Key events in Scotland, 1920s-2016: A timeline

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 05 Sep 2016
An interactive timeline of the most important events in Scottish political, cultural and economic history.

Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places

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Scotland and The Battle for Britain: Key places Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
Scotland and The Battle for Britain features locations all over the country. Explore them and the rest of Scotland's geography with this...

Scotland and The Battle for Britain

Scotland and The Battle for Britain Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Sep 2016
Andrew Marr discovers why the Scotland he was born in has changed so much politically in our new co-production with the BBC.

OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th July 2016 Creative commons image Charles Rawding under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2016
The Post Office service which delivers lovers alongside love letters; and what is the Named Person scheme? Free learning from across the day.

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots Creative commons image First Minister Of Scotland under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
On May 5th, Scotland votes in a parliamentary election. Here's a quick round-up of what's happening on the campaign.

OpenLearn Live: 7th March 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2016
A week in Dundee starts with the city churches; remembering the father of email.  Free learning from across the day.

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 11 Oct 2016
This free course, Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland, explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the...

Tay Bridge disaster

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Tay Bridge disaster Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 20 hours Updated 06 May 2016
The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

The politics of devolution

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power,...

The history of medicine: A Scottish perspective

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Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the approach to medicine was vastly different from today. Health is now recognised, at least in most...

Robert Owen and New Lanark

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
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 14 Apr 2016
This free course, David Hume, examines Hume's reasons for being complacent in the face of death, as these are laid out in his suppressed essay of...

Sustainable Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 30 Mar 2016
Sustainable Scotland is a free course that will appeal to anyone with an interest in a sustainable future in the context of contemporary Scottish...

OpenLearn Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 24 Mar 2016
This free course, OpenLearn Scotland, is intended to be of interest not only to people living in Scotland, but to anyone wishing to know more...

Poverty in Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 30 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
The facts and figures on poverty often dont provide a meaningful picture of the situation. This free course, Poverty in Scotland, demonstrates the...

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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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Examine legal frameworks that shape and regulate social work decision making in Scotland, and their value from different perspectives, including...