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Fractal geometry free course icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Fractal geometry

In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in the mathematics of fractals ? sets whose geometry cannot easily be described in classical terms. There's no simple definition but all fractals have a highly intricate structure. Many fractals contain copies of themselves at many different scales, and computer pictures have shown that such sets (which are often very beautiful) are a very good representation of shapes of natural phenomena such as clouds, mountains and ferns. This module deals with the theory of fractals and their geometry, and looks at examples to which the theory can be applied.

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Innovation through representation free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Innovation through representation

Innovations are realised through design, and some of the most useful tools in the designer's toolbox are the representations that are used to move from a vague idea, to a concept, and then to a realised product, service or system. This free course, Innovation through representation, explores what innovation is and how representations are used to develop and communicate visions of innovation.

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15 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Religion today: Themes and issues

There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This free course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.

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15 hrs
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Do fictional characters shift perceptions of transgender people? article icon

History & The Arts 

Do fictional characters shift perceptions of transgender people?

New research in America suggests that characters like Laverne Cox's Sophia Burset in Orange Is The New Black may have more impact on how society reacts to transgender people, than the reported experiences of real people. Erica L Rosensthal and Traci Gillig share some of their findings.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Contemporary Wales

This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social science concepts and theories, to help you make sense of a changing nation.

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15 hrs
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Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit? article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Are businesses just leaping on transgender trends to turn a profit?

When Selfridges is clearing space to make a genderfluid display space, and Will Young is working with trans actors, transgender people might seem to be riding a wave into the heart of the mainstream. But, says Ray Fillar, until the media goes deeper than just jumping on the transwagon, we've still a long way to go.

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Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms? article icon

Education & Development 

Why do transgender students need safe bathrooms?

Which bathroom transgender people use has become a flashpoint in a lot of educational institutions - and other public spaces are likely to follow. Alison Gash explains why it's important.

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Have transgender storylines finally gone mainstream? article icon

History & The Arts 

Have transgender storylines finally gone mainstream?

This month, both EastEnders and Hollyoaks are introducing transgender characters played by transgender actors. At the same time, Tangerine has brought a tale of transgender friendship to the big screen. Are depictions of gender queer people finally catching up with their realities?

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Society, Politics & Law 

Remembering Stuart Hall: The Theme Game

In this 1991 clip, Stuart Hall offers adjudication as Robert Robinson invites OU lecturers to play The Theme Game.

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Remembering Stuart Hall: On nationalism

The former OU professor discusses nationalism and tradition in this archive extract.

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Participation Now: Patterns, possibilities, politics article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Participation Now: Patterns, possibilities, politics

Reviewing key milestones in the development and progress of Participation Now.

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COP 15: The hum of expectation article icon

Nature & Environment 

COP 15: The hum of expectation

Climate change conferences sound as though they’re going to be really boring, stuffy affairs. The first of our series of blogs from COP 15 suggests otherwise, however.

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