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Environment: sharing a dynamic planet free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Environment: sharing a dynamic planet

Environmental issues pose challenges. What are the biophysical and social causes of environmental change? What exactly is an environmental issue and why are they often controversial and difficult to resolve? How can we make a difference? You'll address all of these questions as you explore four key global environmental concerns ? life, water, carbon, and food ? through a rich and interactive set of study materials. As you do so, you'll develop a distinctive way of thinking about environments and environmental issues that draws on the insights of both natural and social sciences to be at once intellectually innovative and practically relevant.

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Chemistry: essential concepts free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Chemistry: essential concepts

Chemistry is fundamental to our modern world, touching all aspects of our lives; food, health, materials, energy and our environment. Indeed, the solutions for many of the challenges facing the world will require Chemistry as a key facilitating science. This highly interactive module provides a broad foundation in organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. It explores organic compounds and their synthesis, spectroscopic analysis, the Periodic Table and the reactivity of metals and non-metals, bonding and molecular shape, thermodynamics and kinetics. The practical nature of chemistry will be emphasised throughout. There will be an optional, laboratory-based residential school. The cost of accommodation, meals and travel for the optional residential school is not included in the module fee.

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Eating for the environment free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Eating for the environment

‘You are what you eat’, goes the old adage, but what you eat also has an impact on the environment.    Transcript This free course, Eating for the environment, will explore the links between food, nutrition and environmental sustainability. It will start by exploring the diversity on your dinner plate and encourage you to reflect on it in relation to dietary choices and preferences of people around the world. It will explore the connections between food, culture and traditions, and the challenges in providing healthy and nutritious food to the world’s growing population. The course will examine innovative approaches to food that also help environmental sustainability.      

Free course
8 hrs
The science of nutrition and healthy eating free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The science of nutrition and healthy eating

This free course, The science of nutrition and healthy eating, looks at the science behind nutrition, covering aspects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as giving some insight into healthier eating. Reading food labels, choosing healthier foods, hydrating appropriately and understanding how we taste food will allow you to be more informed about the choices you make about the food you eat.

Free course
24 hrs
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The Science behind your Christmas Dinner article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

The Science behind your Christmas Dinner

Ever wondered why you just can't stop reaching for another Quality Street or why you hate Brussel sprouts so much? Dig into the fascinating science behind your festive meal.

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Children and young people: food and food marketing free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Children and young people: food and food marketing

This free course, Children and young people: food and food marketing, examines food as a health issue and addresses children and young people’s agency and their rights. It addresses obesity, food marketing and also food as a way of expressing children’s and young people’s identities (family, class, cultural, generational). Discussing key issues that in research and thinking about food, including how policies tackling obesity are framed, it draws across work from Childhood and Youth Studies and Psychology to challenge the rhetoric of 'healthy choices' and consider why it's essential to go beyond the individual to understand systems and environments that currently fail children and their health. The following video explores the concepts covered in this course.  

Free course
8 hrs
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Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame?

This free course, Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame?, explores the extent to which a person's 'lifestyle' impacts on their health and wellbeing. It also examines how non-lifestyle related factors – in particular social, economic, cultural and political dimensions – influence a person's health.

Free course
4 hrs
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OU on the BBC: Ever Wondered About Food - Sugar article icon

TV, Radio & Events 

OU on the BBC: Ever Wondered About Food - Sugar

Ever Wondered About Food exposes the secrets of sugar

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Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope? activity icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Quiz: Can you identify food under an electron microscope?

Can you tell blue cheese from dental plaque? Try our interactive quiz to find out and learn more about food with fascinating facts from James Wong!

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Now available! Children and young people: food and food marketing article icon

Education & Development 

Now available! Children and young people: food and food marketing

Interested in the fascinating topic of how food marketing affects children and young people? Then this free course is for you.

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Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Vegans: why they inspire fear and loathing among meat eaters

Matthew Cole and Kate Stewart explore why veganism stimulates such aggressive responses. 

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Beginners’ Italian: food and drink free course icon Level

Languages 

Beginners’ Italian: food and drink

This free course, Beginners' Italian: food and drink, focuses on buying drinks and snacks in an Italian café, as well as on greeting and introducing yourself in Italian. It does not require any previous knowledge of Italian.

Free course
4 hrs
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