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  • What is National Insurance and what is it used for? Creative commons image Icon By comedy_nose via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license

    What is National Insurance and what is it used for?

    By Jonquil Lowe

    Before Phillip Hammond backed down on his plans to change National Insurance rates for the self-employed, the OU's...

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  • What is National Insurance and what is it used for?

    What is National Insurance and what is it used for? Creative commons image Icon By comedy_nose via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Mar 2017
    Before Phillip Hammond backed down on his plans to change National Insurance rates for the self-employed, the OU's Jonquil Lowe explored why the proposals...
  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    By John R Campbell

    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.

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    14 Mar 2017

  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.
  • Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy Creative commons image Icon flikr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy

    By Dr Claire Hewson

    The emerging experimental philosophy movement, borrowing approaches from psychology, is interesting - but it can and...

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    14 Mar 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy

    Methods in Motion: Remaking experimental philosophy Creative commons image Icon flikr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    The emerging experimental philosophy movement, borrowing approaches from psychology, is interesting - but it can and should go further, believes Claire Hewson
  • IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection

    After the Brexit vote, there are gathering calls for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. What might that mean...

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  • IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection

    IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    After the Brexit vote, there are gathering calls for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. What might that mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe?
  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    By Nick McKerrell

    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot...

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    14 Mar 2017

  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot box, the proposal would have to...
  • Brain Awareness Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime

    Brain Awareness Week

    By Dr Ellie Dommett

    13-19 March 2017 is Brain Awareness Week. From our OU PhD students' fascinating research into the brain to a...

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    13 Mar 2017

  • Brain Awareness Week

    Brain Awareness Week Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Mar 2017
    13-19 March 2017 is Brain Awareness Week. From our OU PhD students' fascinating research into the brain to a video on how brain neurons are just like a...
  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    By Rob Marchant

    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob...

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    13 Mar 2017

  • Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought?

    Why is East Africa experiencing such a terrible drought? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: AMISOM Public Information New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Countries across East Africa are in the grip of a murderous period of drought. It's been caused by the dipole. Rob Marchant explains how the 'Indian Nino'...
  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    By Gabriella Legrenzi

    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by...

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  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by President Obama? Gabriella Legrenzi considers...
  • Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Anmbph | Dreamstime.com

    Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates

    We hope OpenLearn works normally, around the clock, through the year. If we know something's wrong (or if we're...

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  • Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates

    Is there a problem with OpenLearn? OpenLearn status updates Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Anmbph | Dreamstime.com Updated content
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    We hope OpenLearn works normally, around the clock, through the year. If we know something's wrong (or if we're planning some downtime), we'll tell you here.
  • How OpenLearn uses third-party content Creative commons image Icon Sachinshanmugam under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How OpenLearn uses third-party content

    The steps we take to ensure that content from contributors outside The Open University is of the same high quality as...

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  • How OpenLearn uses third-party content

    How OpenLearn uses third-party content Creative commons image Icon Sachinshanmugam under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Updated 13 Mar 2017
    The steps we take to ensure that content from contributors outside The Open University is of the same high quality as other material on OpenLearn

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  • The meaning of crime

    Tough on the causes of crime'. A famous phrase, but what is crime? This free course, The meaning of crime, examines how we, as a 'society', define...

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    Tough on the causes of crime'. A famous phrase, but what is crime? This free...
  • Learning a second language

    In this free course, Learning a second language, we will consider how students learn how to make meaning through learning additional languages...

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  • Learning a second language

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    Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 10 Mar 2017
    In this free course, Learning a second language, we will consider how students...
  • Becoming a critical social work practitioner

    What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This free course, Becoming a critical social work practitioner, will guide you...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Mar 2017
    What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This free...
  • Gene therapy

    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing, this free course, Gene therapy, looks at the possibilities for...

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  • Gene therapy

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    Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 08 Mar 2017
    Following on from the advances made in diagnosing disorders using genetic testing,...
  • Veiling

    This free course explores controversies associated with the practice of 'veiling' within Islam. The Islamic 'veil', be it in the form of the hijab,...

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    10 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Veiling

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    Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 08 Mar 2017
    This free course explores controversies associated with the practice of 'veiling'...
  • Exploring Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts

    This free course introduces Virginia Woolf’s last novel, Between the Acts (1941), with the aim of understanding how she writes about time, memory,...

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    6 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Psychology in the 21st century

    Psychology is not a simple subject. This free course, Psychology in the 21st century, examines how different aspects of human behaviour provide the...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Psychology in the 21st century

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    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2017
    Psychology is not a simple subject. This free course, Psychology in the 21st...
  • The digital scholar

    Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology related developments: digital content, networked distribution and open...

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  • The digital scholar

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    Intermediate level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Mar 2017
    Digital scholarship is a shorthand for the intersection of three technology...
  • Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

    This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital...

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    06 Mar 2017

  • Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 06 Mar 2017
    This free course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you...
  • Starting with law

    This free course, Starting with law, explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and responsibilities of the individual. You...

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    03 Mar 2017

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    This free course, Starting with law, explores key legal concepts such as legal...

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject...

    Foundation Degree in Counselling

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    Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Healthcare Practice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    This certificate is for healthcare support staff. It integrates theory and...

    BA (Honours) Business Management (Sport and Football)

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    BA (Honours)  Business Management (Sport and Football) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Do you want to combine your passion for football with your desire to obtain a...

    CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools

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    CertHE in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Primary Schools
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Do you work in a primary school supporting children’s learning? This is one of the...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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    Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...
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