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  • The historical and ongoing persecution of Europe’s gypsies

    By Dr Suki Haider

    It’s estimated that 25% of the Roma pre-war European population perished as a result of Nazi persecution. This article explores the anti-Roma prejudice that still goes on today, and what can be done to tackle it.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Nov 2020

  • The historical and ongoing persecution of Europe’s gypsies

    The historical and ongoing persecution of Europe’s gypsies New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Nov 2020
    It’s estimated that 25% of the Roma pre-war European population perished as a result of Nazi persecution. This article explores the anti-Roma prejudice that...
  • Understanding homelessness

    Attempting to understand or quantify homelessness can be difficult, the reasons people find themselves on the streets can be as complicated and as varied as accessing any potential means of support. 

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    09 Oct 2020

  • Understanding homelessness

    Duration 30 mins Updated 09 Oct 2020
    Attempting to understand or quantify homelessness can be difficult, the reasons people find themselves on the streets can be as complicated and as varied as...
  • The Homeless Problem

    By Dr Victoria Cooper, Dr Mathijs Lucassen, Dr David Scott, Dr Daniel McCulloch

    Why do people become homeless? How many people does it affect? This series of short films explores the complex reasons that lead to people finding themselves on the street and the difficulties in supporting them in light of the consequences of...

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    08 Oct 2020

  • The Homeless Problem

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    Duration 30 mins Updated 08 Oct 2020
    Why do people become homeless? How many people does it affect? This series of short films explores the complex reasons that lead to people finding themselves...
  • No place like home: Prisons and homelessness

    By Dr David Scott

    The homeless and especially those who are rough sleepers, comprise a disproportionate number of people in prison in England and Wales. Dr David Scott looks at why prisons and the streets are not a replacement for a true home.

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    08 Oct 2020

  • No place like home: Prisons and homelessness

    Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Oct 2020
    The homeless and especially those who are rough sleepers, comprise a disproportionate number of people in prison in England and Wales. Dr David...
  • Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies

    By Dr Daniel McCulloch, Dr Victoria Cooper

    Daniel McCulloch and Dr Victoria Cooper explore the current situation regarding homelessness and housing policy. The Government has shown they can tackle homelessness during Covid-19, so what will they do next?

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    08 Oct 2020

  • Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies

    Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Oct 2020
    Daniel McCulloch and Dr Victoria Cooper explore the current situation regarding homelessness and housing policy. The Government has shown they can tackle...
  • What's it like being homeless?

    Listen to John, Paul and Danny, as they share their experiences of live on the streets. Find out how Danny travelled around the UK and why he avoided London.

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    Duration 30 mins Updated 08 Oct 2020
    Listen to John, Paul and Danny, as they share their experiences of live on the streets. Find out how Danny travelled around the UK and why he avoided London.
  • LGBTQ youth and homelessness: We can all make a difference

    By Dr Mathijs Lucassen

    While so much progress has been made regarding the rights of the LGBTQ community, it might come as a surprise that young people in this community are at considerable risk of becoming homeless. Dr Mathijs Lucassen explores this issue and how we can...

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    08 Oct 2020

  • LGBTQ youth and homelessness: We can all make a difference

    Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Oct 2020
    While so much progress has been made regarding the rights of the LGBTQ community, it might come as a surprise that young people in this community are at...
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    W.E.B. Du Bois – A Man for All Times

    By Dr Anita Naoko Pilgrim

    Dr Anita Naoko Pilgrim explores the life of W.E.B. Du Bois and explains why his ground-breaking work on African American lives deserves attention today.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Oct 2020

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    Dr Anita Naoko Pilgrim explores the life of W.E.B. Du Bois and explains why his ground-breaking work on African American lives deserves attention today.
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    Black History Month

    By The OpenLearn team

    In recognition of Black History Month we have pulled together some content about some inspirational individuals and events for you to explore. 

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Sep 2020

  • Black History Month

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    In recognition of Black History Month we have pulled together some content about some inspirational individuals and events for you to explore. 
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    23 Sep 2020

  • Rosa Parks and Rob Williams sparked a revolution against racism – but has the US squandered their legacy?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2020
    When Rosa Parks caught a bus on 1 December 1955, she created a moment of history. Dr Anthony Gunter looks at how the struggles for integration still...

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    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

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    09 Jan 2020

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    This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to...
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    Nuclear power: Friend or foe?

    Are you for or against nuclear energy The necessity to respond to climate change has put nuclear energy back on the political agenda as an alternative energy source This is part of approaches to decarbonise energy through a shift from coal to natural gas nuclear energy and renewables Yet the recourse to nuclear energy is hotly debated Opponents are rife as are supporters Can you adopt each position in turn This free course Nuclear power Friend or foe challenges you to do so

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    09 Sep 2019

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    Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change...
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    Smart cities

    This free course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex landscape of smart cities Youll hear from smart city innovators and entrepreneurs city leaders communities and business connecting with learners from around the world to reflect on issues facing smart cities of different sizes and situations

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Sep 2019

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    This free course will help you to navigate your own path through the complex...
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    Passports: identity and airports

    This free course Passports identity and airports offers a sociological analysis of the modern airport Using a lively mixture of videos interactive exercises and readings the course explores how the social world of the airport is made and maintained In particular it investigates how the processes that constitute this world queuing check in security clearance moving around and so on depend on relations between people and material objects

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    8 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    02 Sep 2019

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    This free course, Passports: identity and airports, offers a sociological analysis...
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    Learning from audio-visual material: Introducing surveillance

    Looking at the theme of surveillance as a multifaceted everyday practice this free course Learning from audiovisual material Introducing surveillance will show you the value of using audio visual material in your learning It will show you how to develop the skills you need to make the most of learning from DVDs

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    3 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    10 Jul 2019

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    Looking at the theme of surveillance as a multifaceted everyday practice, this...
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    Learning from audio visual material: Migrants and borders

    This free course Learning from audio visual material Migrants and borders provides you with a further opportunity to practise the learning from audio visual material skills you learned in DD2081 You should have completed DD2081 before commencing with this course

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    5 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    10 Jul 2019

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    This free course, Learning from audio visual material: Migrants and borders,...
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    Getting started with SPSS

    Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research However many people find the idea of using statistics and especially statistical software packages extremely daunting This free course Getting started with SPSS takes a stepbystep approach to statistics software through seven interactive activities No statistics software is needed

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Jul 2019

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    Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However,...
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    The social in social science

    In a complex and rapidly changing world social scientific study examines how we produce things communicate govern ourselves and understand our environments and how to solve the problems we face in the organisation of social relations and processes This free course The social in social science provides a basic overview of how social science contains deeply embedded cultural assumptions and outlines the important relationship between philosophical thinking and practical research methods in social sciences

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    14 Jun 2019

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    In a complex and rapidly changing world, social scientific study examines how we...
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    What do we mean by 'family'?

    The idea of family is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties at both the personal and policy levels How do public debates relate to peoples everyday experiences of families In this free course What do we mean by family you can explore the many attempts at defining family and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality to test our everyday assumptions about families and to reflect on the values underpinning them

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    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Jun 2019

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    The idea of 'family' is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy....
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    The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy

    This free course The role of diagnosis in counselling and psychotherapy explores the role of diagnosis in the treatment of mental health problems It considers the history of our current understandings of mental health and illness with a focus on the concepts of anxiety and depression and looks at potential gains and losses in using diagnostic labels in counselling and psychotherapy

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    8 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    30 May 2019

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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    Foundation Degree in Financial Services
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in...

    BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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    BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours)...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    BA (Honours) Business Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If...

    BA (Honours) Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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    BA (Honours) Environmental Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can –...