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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs

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Your Health in Your Hands - PHBs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 11 Jul 2014
What are Personal Health Budgets, how do they work and how will they affect you?...

Management and the unconscious mind

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Management and the unconscious mind Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Nov 2013
How can the unconscious mind influence management styles? Is rational thinking a pre-requisite for good ideas? The human brain is an incredibly...

The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Story

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The Heidelberg Project: A Detroit Story Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 12 Feb 2013
Would you give up a successful career to work for a charity? Can art save a community? Over the course of the last century Detroit moved from being...

Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma

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Games, Geeks and the Parent's Dilemma Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 06 Sep 2012
Video games are an everyday part of our children’s lives today. But many parents have concerns about the time their children spend gaming, and...

Looking through the glass floor

Looking through the glass floor Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 14 Mar 2012
John Grayson works with the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action group (SYMAAG). As private security firms hit the news, he writes about how...

The Bottom Line - Cars and money

The Bottom Line - Cars and money Creative commons image Credit: jon's pics under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2012
Evan Davis and guests consider the problems of making cars, and the problem of how much money certain people make.

The Funny Thing About...

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The Funny Thing About... Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 09 Dec 2011
Is the world of politics anything like "Yes Minister" or "The Thick Of It"? Are scientists all as geeky as Denzil Dexter from "The Fast Show"? This...

How to Survive a Botnet Attack

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How to Survive a Botnet Attack Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jul 2011
Have you ever clicked on a link you were unsure of, or downloaded a risky attachment? If so, then you are in danger of becoming part of a Botnet,...

Learning at Work Day 2011

Learning at Work Day 2011 Copyrighted image Credit: Adult Learners Week
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2011
Learning at Work Day is an annual awareness campaign organised by the Campaign for Learning (CfL) as part of Adult Learners' Week. Delve into these...

Introducing Richard Sennett

Introducing Richard Sennett Creative commons image Credit: Ars Electronica under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Apr 2011
The polymath Richard Sennett offers new ways of thinking about how society produces, consumes and the way we work now.

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Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

James Berry: Windrush songs

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James Berry: Windrush songs Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 19 Oct 2011
How does a poet represent two distinctly different cultures in their work? How did James Berry interpret his experience and those of other Jamaican...

Duchess of Malfi: Deconstructing the play

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Duchess of Malfi: Deconstructing the play Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 05 Oct 2011
Does the Duchess of Malfi have any resonance with modern-day audiences? Are it’s themes of politics and revenge still relevant today? Since it was...

The Romantics

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The Romantics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 35 mins Updated 05 Oct 2011
How did Romantic writers address questions of identity? How did their experiences influence the way they expressed themselves? The Romantic period...

James Joyce’s Dublin

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James Joyce’s Dublin Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 25 mins Updated 05 Oct 2011
How did the fictional world James Joyce created reflect his own experiences of Dublin? Did Joyce write about a distinct Irish identity that had...

Remaking the relations of work and welfare

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Remaking the relations of work and welfare Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 13 Jul 2011
How do ‘welfare to work’ programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives? This unit looks at how participation...

Shakespeare: A critical analysis

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Shakespeare: A critical analysis Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Advanced level Duration 1 hour Updated 19 Apr 2011
Is Shakespeare still relevant today? How does his work influence pop culture today? Do the themes of his plays continue to resonate with modern...

Wales: Culture and identity

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Wales: Culture and identity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 29 Mar 2011
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national...

David Hume: 18th Century Philosopher

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David Hume: 18th Century Philosopher Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 45 mins Updated 18 Feb 2011
2011 is the 300th anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest figures in Western Philosophy – David Hume. As well as an economist and historian...

Investigating bacterial communication

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Investigating bacterial communication Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 28 Apr 2010
Can bacteria communicate with each other, and if they do communicate, how and why do they do so? And how might understanding the mechanisms of...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
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...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Oct 2014
If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course enables you to top up your...