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  • How women changed the world Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Stephen Collins

    How women changed the world

    By Dr Catherine Lee

    Who wrote the first novel over 1000 years ago? Who disguised herself as a man to explore the new world? Take this...

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    08 Mar 2017

  • How women changed the world

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    Who wrote the first novel over 1000 years ago? Who disguised herself as a man to explore the new world? Take this interactive world tour to discover the...
  • What would happen to the economy if we all stopped drinking? Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What would happen to the economy if we all stopped drinking?

    By Aveek Bhattacharya

    If alcohol became so expensive consumption plummeted, would that be a bad thing for the economy? Not in the view of...

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    08 Mar 2017

  • What would happen to the economy if we all stopped drinking?

    What would happen to the economy if we all stopped drinking? Creative commons image Icon Garry Knight under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    If alcohol became so expensive consumption plummeted, would that be a bad thing for the economy? Not in the view of Aveek Bhattacharya from the Institute of...
  • Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: By The original uploader was TimVickers at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

    Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation

    By Sarah Needs

    What happens when our cells can’t get rid of the waste products they produce?  Working on a project inspired by...

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation

    Researching rare disorders: NGLY-1, the first disorder of deglycosylation Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: By The original uploader was TimVickers at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    What happens when our cells can’t get rid of the waste products they produce?  Working on a project inspired by the passion of the rare disease...
  • Yes, we still need International Women's Day Creative commons image Icon Dying Regime under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Yes, we still need International Women's Day

    By Rose Capdevila

    The belief that somehow International Women's Day is marching down the paths of long-secured victories is misplaced,...

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Yes, we still need International Women's Day

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    Yes, we still need International Women's Day Creative commons image Icon Dying Regime under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    The belief that somehow International Women's Day is marching down the paths of long-secured victories is misplaced, say Rose Capdevila and Lisa Lazard
  • The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo Creative commons image Icon Elvis untot under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo

    By Dr Brendan Cassidy

    Nintendo's new console, the Switch, makes perfect sense in light of the company's history, says Brendan Cassidy.

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    08 Mar 2017

  • The Switch tells us a lot about Nintendo

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    Nintendo's new console, the Switch, makes perfect sense in light of the company's history, says Brendan Cassidy.
  • How emoji are changing the shape of everyday English

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    What influence are emoji having on the way we communicate? Is the common use of the eggplant or facepalm emoji...

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    08 Mar 2017

  • How emoji are changing the shape of everyday English

    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    What influence are emoji having on the way we communicate? Is the common use of the eggplant or facepalm emoji something to worry about? Philip...
  • Project Fear: Fear is coming Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Simon Bell, Charles Cutting & The Open University

    Project Fear: Fear is coming

    By Professor Simon Bell

    An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the...

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    07 Mar 2017

  • Project Fear: Fear is coming

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    Project Fear: Fear is coming Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Simon Bell, Charles Cutting & The Open University
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Mar 2017
    An uncertain world. Can systems thinking free us from fear? Simon Bell & Charles Cutting's graphic novel asks the question.
  • Methods in Motion: Communicating a challenge to liberal democracy Creative commons image Icon Beatrizas under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Communicating a challenge to liberal democracy

    By Dr Georgina Blakeley

    Dr Georgina Blakeley, Senior Lecturer in Politics, offers one way of approaching the study of the Spanish anti...

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    06 Mar 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Communicating a challenge to liberal democracy

    Methods in Motion: Communicating a challenge to liberal democracy Creative commons image Icon Beatrizas under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2017
    Dr Georgina Blakeley, Senior Lecturer in Politics, offers one way of approaching the study of the Spanish anti-austerity 15M movement.
  • Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth

    Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.

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    06 Mar 2017

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    Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
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    Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.
  • The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Migrationmuseum

    The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis

    By Dr Giota Alevizou

    We've shared some tasters of the Who Are We project - but this isn't the first time the OU's academics have come...

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    06 Mar 2017

  • The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis

    The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Migrationmuseum
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Mar 2017
    We've shared some tasters of the Who Are We project - but this isn't the first time the OU's academics have come together with artists. Discover some earlier...

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  • Introducing international development management

    If you wonder why, when so much development action is taking place, life seems to stay so bad for so many people and you want to be involved in...

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    40 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    20 Feb 2017

  • Introducing international development management

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    Advanced level Duration 40 hours Updated 20 Feb 2017
    If you wonder why, when so much development action is taking place, life seems to...
  • 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

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Feb 2017

  • Childhood in the digital age

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    Childhood in the digital age Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © boggy22 (via iStockPhoto.com)
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 17 Feb 2017
    This free course, Childhood in the digital age, delves into the lives of children...
  • Work and mental health

    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those with mental health problems, most people with these difficulties...

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    17 Feb 2017

  • Work and mental health

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    Work and mental health Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 17 Feb 2017
    Although being at work during periods of mental illness can be difficult for those...
  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and effectively in French. In this free course, Beginners' French: Food and...

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    5 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    16 Feb 2017

  • Beginners’ French: food and drink

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    Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 16 Feb 2017
    Improve your language skills by learning to communicate more easily and...
  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re...

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    3 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    14 Feb 2017

  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

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    Icarus: entering the world of myth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © EC Hellex/iStockphoto.com
    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 14 Feb 2017
    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • Start writing fiction

    Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into...

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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Feb 2017

  • Start writing fiction

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    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 13 Feb 2017
    Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This...
  • The use of force in international law

    This free course, The use of force in international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to one of the contentious topics in public...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2017

  • The use of force in international law

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    The use of force in international law
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 09 Feb 2017
    This free course, The use of force in international law, is designed to provide...
  • 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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    12 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Feb 2017

  • The lottery of birth

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    The lottery of birth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © adventtr (via iStockPhoto.com)
    Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 09 Feb 2017
    This free course, The lottery of birth, will look at both the big picture of the ...
  • Finding information about society

    This free course, Finding information about society, will help you to identify and use information in society, whether for your work, study or...

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    9 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Feb 2017

  • Finding information about society

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    Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 07 Feb 2017
    This free course, Finding information about society, will help you to identify and...
  • Improving aerobic fitness

    Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining good health. But what sort of exercise should you be doing to...

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    2 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Feb 2017

  • Improving aerobic fitness

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    Introductory level Duration 2 hours Updated 07 Feb 2017
    Aerobic fitness is integral to successful sports performance and to maintaining...

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    Certificate in End-of-Life Care

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    Certificate in End-of-Life Care Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    How do we approach death and dying at an individual level? How do we understand it...

    Certificate in Physics

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    Certificate in Physics
    Duration 900 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Physics is perhaps the most exciting intellectual adventure of our age –...

    Foundation Degree in Engineering

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    Foundation Degree in Engineering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Engineering is at the heart of the built environment, and plays a central role in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Retail Management
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Retail is a dynamic, global industry – with innovative new markets constantly...

    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice

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    Foundation Degree in Healthcare Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    The role of healthcare support worker is fulfilling and increasingly challenging,...

    BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing

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    BSc (Honours) Adult Nursing Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    The BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing degree is a unique practice-based learning route for...

    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also...

    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning

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    Foundation Degree in Primary Teaching and Learning
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    Teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Childhood Practice
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Mar 2017
    The first few years of children’s lives are crucial to their development and...
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