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Sexual orientation and gender identity free course icon Level 3 icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Sexual orientation and gender identity

This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. This explores how legal and social/cultural attitudes have changed significantly over time, and demonstrates how much they have changed in recent years. Legal approaches to sexual orientation and gender identity cover a range of different areas of law including criminal, employment and family law. The focus will be on the approach of English law (which generally covers the law applying in both England and Wales), but reference will also be made to the approach in other countries.

Free course
10 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Depression, mood and exercise

Looking for a few tips on increasing your mood? Dr Jitka Vseteckova explores the relationship between depression and exercise. 

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Science, Maths & Technology 

The Planets

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our Solar System.

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Money & Business 

Fundamentals of accounting

Learn about the essential numerical and double-entry skills required for accounting. This free course, Fundamentals of accounting, will explain the fundamental purpose and role of accounting as well as the double-entry rules that are the foundation of all financial records and reports in any modern business.

Free course
8 hrs
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5 things you might like to know about the Bank of England article icon

Money & Business 

5 things you might like to know about the Bank of England

The Bank of England is the central bank of the UK, but do you know anything about it? Take a look at these 5 facts...

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Money & Business 

The Bottom Line 2019

Evan Davis hosts the business conversation show with people at the top giving insight into what matters.

Radio Programme
Early years team work and leadership free course icon Level 1 icon

Education & Development 

Early years team work and leadership

This free course, Early years team work and leadership, explores aspects of teamwork and leadership for early years practitioners.

Free course
8 hrs
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The digital revolution for academic integrity has already begun article icon

Education & Development 

The digital revolution for academic integrity has already begun

Blended and online education have become increasingly popular in the last decade due to their flexibility and affordability. However, how can institutions ensure reliable and fair assessment? Do students care whether their examination results are trusted?

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Education & Development 

An informal and friendly introduction to British Sign Language

As part of Deaf Awareness Week (6-12 May), The Open University Students Association has created a series of tutorials to introduce British Sign Language.

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20 mins
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Exploring issues in women's health free course icon Level 2 icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring issues in women's health

This free course, Exploring issues in women's health, will introduce social model approaches to health and wellbeing, which take as their starting point not the scientific context of the body, but the social context in which women live. The focus is on women and the impact of social and cultural factors on women's health. The course touches on various issues concerning women's health, such as abortion, periods, the menopause, mental health and fertility.

Free course
3 hrs
Depression, mood and exercise article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Depression, mood and exercise

Looking for a few tips on increasing your mood? Dr Jitka Vseteckova explores the relationship between depression and exercise. 

Article
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2019

Claudia Hammond explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

Radio Programme
Start writing fiction: characters and stories free course icon Level 1 icon

History & The Arts 

Start writing fiction: characters and stories

Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.

Free course
24 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Plato, opinions and the statues of Daedalus

Have you wondered what a Platonic dialogue is and what it is used for? Carolyn Price introduces Plato, the philosopher who took dialogues to another level.

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History & The Arts 

Antigone

Discover the Ancient Greek tragedy 'Antigone' in our two minute animation voiced by Helen Skelton, then find out more about the characters in the classical Sophocles' play.

Video
5 mins
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Intermediate Spanish: Cities with history free course icon Level 2 icon

Languages 

Intermediate Spanish: Cities with history

In this free course, Intermediate Spanish: Cities with history, you will learn about the history of Spain and the important place of Arab and Jewish cultures in Spanish history. You will study a number of language points to help you talk about history and will write descriptive texts using a variety of stylistic devices.

Free course
5 hrs
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A Clockwork Orange: ultraviolence, Russian spies and fake news article icon

Languages 

A Clockwork Orange: ultraviolence, Russian spies and fake news

Cinemas have re-released 'A Clockwork Orange' as part of thhe British Film Institute's celebration of Stanley Kubrick. Here Philip Seargeant delves into the famous and film, and dystopia in popular culture.

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Languages 

The History of English in Ten Minutes

Where did the phrase ‘a wolf in sheep’s clothing’ come from? And when did scientists finally get round to naming sexual body parts? Voiced by Clive Anderson, this entertaining romp through 'The History of English' squeezes 1600 years of history into 10 one-minute bites, uncovering the sources of English words and phrases from Shakespeare and the King James Bible to America and the Internet. Bursting with fascinating facts, the series looks at how English grew from a small tongue into a major global language before reflecting on the future of English in the 21st century.

Video
20 mins
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Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems free course icon Level 1 icon

Nature & Environment 

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems

What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This free course, Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems, looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the effect that humans are having on the environment.

Free course
5 hrs
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Golden Globe Ocean Race: Antarctic ice cliff instability and sea-level predictions article icon

Nature & Environment 

Golden Globe Ocean Race: Antarctic ice cliff instability and sea-level predictions

PhD student Andreas Wernecke explores Antarctic ice cliff instability and sea-level predictions. 

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Nature & Environment 

Life - with David Attenborough

David Attenborough explores the vibrant mix of life found on our plant - where it comes from, and what threatens it.

TV Programme
Learn to code for data analysis free course icon Level 1 icon Badge icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Learn to code for data analysis

This free course will teach you how to write your own computer programs, one line of code at a time. You'll learn how to access open data, clean and analyse it, and produce visualisations. You will also learn how to write up and share your analyses, privately or publicly.

Free course
24 hrs
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Science, Maths & Technology 

Questions in science

Scientists have enquiring minds and ask questions all the time. Albert Einstein, one of the most famous scientists ever, wrote rather humbly in a letter to a colleague, in 1952: ‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’ Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

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Science, Maths & Technology 

The Planets

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets that make up our Solar System.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Working in the voluntary sector

This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to some of the main activities carried out by volunteers and staff, will give you some background on how different organisations work and will provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering, as well as to your every day life.

Free course
24 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Coming soon: Understanding economic inequality

Interested in learning about one of the most pressing challenges of our time?

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Society, Politics & Law 

Thinking Allowed 2019

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

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