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Materials: Sustainability and structure

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Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 18 Aug 2014
Whether it's outlining the world's attitude to plastic bags or admiring the Pont de Normandie, Ian Johnston and Bernie Clark discuss sustainability...

How sustainable is mass production?

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 15 Aug 2014
Miraculous inventions and engineering has enabled us to get our hands on cheap and effective products used in everyday life, but are the materials...

Welcome to the future

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Updated 03 Jun 2014
How The Open University is leading a project that is transforming Milton Keynes into one of the world’s first ‘smart cities’.

Sustainable fashion: The disempowered designer

Sustainable fashion: The disempowered designer Copyrighted image Credit: © Slavenko Vukasovic | Dreamstime.com
Updated 01 Nov 2013
Are designers the ideal people to take ownership over the sustainability of the clothing they design?

Opening the wardrobe: The blogs

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Updated 01 Nov 2013
Read the expert blogs that support the online sustainable clothing event as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science.

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Transport and sustainability

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Transport and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: S.Potter
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit explores the issues around sustainable transport and how the role of technology and society can interact to lower the overall impact of...

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...

Managing for Sustainability

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Managing for Sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Masters level Duration 25 mins Updated 09 Oct 2012
What are the key issues for sustainable resource management? How do companies operate while maintaining corporate social responsibility? From...

An introduction to sustainable energy

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An introduction to sustainable energy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 26 Jul 2011
The search for sustainable energy will dominate the twenty-first century. This unit provides an introductory overview of the present energy systems...

Innovation Design: Sustainable Communities

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Innovation Design: Sustainable Communities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Apr 2010
Can you picture the future in a world without fossil fuels? Perhaps you think that living an "alternative" lifestyle has to mean painful and...

Design and Sustainability

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Design and Sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
Are you aware of the environmental impacts of the stuff you buy? Is that chair you bought made from wood from a sustainable forest, or was it...

Innovation Design: Energy and Sustainability

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Innovation Design: Energy and Sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 40 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
When you switch on a light or turn the heating on in your home, do you think about where that power has come from? In most of the world, we’re...

Earth's physical resources: rocks for roads

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Earth's physical resources: rocks for roads Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 23 Jun 2009
Everyday life and the fabric of modern civilisation depend on using the Earth’s physical resources. This album explores the occurrence,...

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Top-up Bachelor of Engineering with Honours

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
This course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level if you have completed an OU foundation degree or diploma of...

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

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Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

Managing for sustainability

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Managing for sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014 Register by 17 Oct 2014
This module will increase your understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management in your workplace or support your personal...

Environmental management 1

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Environmental management 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Why is environmental management vital for our sustainability? What kind of environmental management do we need now? Explore systemic answers to...

Energy and sustainability

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Energy and sustainability Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Can nuclear power, carbon capture and storage or renewable energy sources provide solutions to the problem of global warming? Explore the issues...