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  • Genius of the Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Genius of the Modern World

    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.

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    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.
  • Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing? Creative commons image Icon Scottish Government under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing?

    By Leslie Noble

    The challenges the election presents in Scotland may prove to be Theresa May's biggest risk, believes Will McDougall

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    20 Apr 2017

  • Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing?

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    The challenges the election presents in Scotland may prove to be Theresa May's biggest risk, believes Will McDougall
  • Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: NASA /JPL

    Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out?

    By Professor David Rothery

    The Cassini spacecraft has had a look at Saturn's moon, and it could be perfect for life to form there. Dave Rothery...

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    20 Apr 2017

  • Why is Enceladus a possible home for life - and should we visit to find out?

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    The Cassini spacecraft has had a look at Saturn's moon, and it could be perfect for life to form there. Dave Rothery reckons we need a closer look.
  • How to become French President Creative commons image Icon CC BY-SA 3.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    How to become French President

    By Dr Richard Heffernan

    Dr Richard Heffernan discusses how presidential elections work in France.

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    20 Apr 2017

  • How to become French President

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    Dr Richard Heffernan discusses how presidential elections work in France.
  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom Creative commons image Icon James / The Being Frank Movie under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

    By Rhys James Jones

    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When ...

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    19 Apr 2017

  • How the ZX Spectrum and ZX81 shaped Frank Sidebottom

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    Rhys James Jones traces the legendary Frank Sidebottom's roots back to the early days of home computing. (When "computing" was a thing you did, and doing it...
  • Earth In Vision: A Collection Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Earth In Vision: A Collection

    The Earth in Vision project explores the BBC archives of environment themed television and radio programmes from...

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    18 Apr 2017

  • Earth In Vision: A Collection

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    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 18 Apr 2017
    The Earth in Vision project explores the BBC archives of environment themed television and radio programmes from the last 70 years, looking at the...
  • Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Everyday Miracles: The Genius of Sofas, Stockings & Scanners

    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.

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    Professor Mark Miodownik uncovers the fascinating science behind the everyday stuff of our lives.
  • Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan? Creative commons image Icon Pat Cuadros under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan?

    By Kate Stewart, Matthew Cole

    The Doctor exhibits compassion to all creatures, across space and across history. Except the delicious ones, it seems...

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Why isn't Doctor Who a vegan?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    The Doctor exhibits compassion to all creatures, across space and across history. Except the delicious ones, it seems. Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole wonder...
  • How did United Airlines get their PR response so wrong? Creative commons image Icon ERIC SALARD under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How did United Airlines get their PR response so wrong?

    By Morgen Witzel

    After a passenger was filmed being dragged from a plane, it felt like United were being dragged against their will...

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  • How did United Airlines get their PR response so wrong?

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    How did United Airlines get their PR response so wrong? Creative commons image Icon ERIC SALARD under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
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    After a passenger was filmed being dragged from a plane, it felt like United were being dragged against their will into apologising. Morgen Witzel explains...
  • The Hunt Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Silverback Films

    The Hunt

    Spend Easter Sunday with the award-winning, ground-breaking natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the...

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    Spend Easter Sunday with the award-winning, ground-breaking natural history series The Hunt. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough the series explores...

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  • Dance skills

    Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way,...

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  • Dance skills

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 26 Apr 2017
    Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students...
  • The science behind wheeled sports

    This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The...

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  • The science behind wheeled sports

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Apr 2017
    This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and...
  • Continuity and learning

    This free course, Continuity and learning, has a practical and professional development focus. You will explore interactive dimensions of workplace...

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    This free course, Continuity and learning, has a practical and professional...
  • Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis

    This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to develop your writing skills for business. You will be taken step...

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  • Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis

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    Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 Apr 2017
    This free course, Business communication: writing a SWOT analysis, is designed to...
  • The lottery of birth

    This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ‘lottery of birth’ and the smaller, human stories. You will...

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  • The lottery of birth

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    The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 20 Apr 2017
    This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ...
  • 'Land grab': an environmental issue?

    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental problems are entangled with economic and political issues and...

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    20 Apr 2017

  • 'Land grab': an environmental issue?

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    'Land grab': an environmental issue? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Tobias Helbig/ iStockphoto Updated content
    Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 Apr 2017
    This free course, 'Land grab': an environmental issue?, explores how environmental...
  • The value of coffee

    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    18 Apr 2017

  • The value of coffee

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    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 18 Apr 2017
    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
  • Religion today: Themes and issues

    There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Religion today: Themes and issues

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 13 Apr 2017
    There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age...
  • Collaborative problem solving for community safety

    This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a range of techniques for community police officers, other community...

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  • Collaborative problem solving for community safety

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    Introductory level Duration 16 hours Updated 13 Apr 2017
    This free course, Collaborative problem solving for community safety, offers a...
  • Childhood in the digital age

    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children and discuss the potential benefits and limitations of technology...

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    12 hours

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    13 Apr 2017

  • Childhood in the digital age

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    Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com) Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Apr 2017
    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children...
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