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Studying mammals: Plant predators free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Plant predators

From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes. But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet? In this free course, Studying mammals: Plant predators, we will examine the special features that allow them to extract their nutrients from leaves, and see how some plants protect themselves from these predators. ...

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10 hrs
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Studying mammals: Chisellers free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Studying mammals: Chisellers

Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal groups. In this free course, Studying mammals: Chisellers, you will learn more about some of the evolutionary features that make these creatures so plentiful. This is the third course in the Studying ...

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10 hrs
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Evolution through natural selection free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Nature & Environment

Evolution through natural selection

In this free course, Evolution through natural selection, we describe the theory of evolution by natural selection as proposed by Charles Darwin in his book, first published in 1859, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. We will look at natural selection as Darwin ...

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4 hrs
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Managing coastal environments free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Nature & Environment

Managing coastal environments

Coastal environments are by their nature ever-changing. This free course, Managing coastal environments, looks at the example of the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, England, describing how the current state of the estuary came to be. It examines the contests and conflicts that centre on the estuary in terms of managing the environment for human ...

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3 hrs
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Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT) free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Money & Business

Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT)

The term 'European citizenship' triggers an immediate association with the European Union, its member states, and people who are citizens of those states. This free course, Enacting European Citizenship (ENACT), develops another way of thinking about European citizenship whereby European citizenship need not be granted by the state, limited to ...

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10 hrs