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Education & Development 

Space for reflection

Madhavi Kapur, head of the Rewachand Bhojwani Academy, explains why many schools in Asia find students benefit from a little breathing space.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Methods in Motion: Remaking self-help

Dr Meg-John Barker discusses how new ways of thinking can be linked to new forms of investigation

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History & The Arts 

What does it mean to be me?

Watch these short and snappy animations on the subject of me: the individual, memory, 'self' and existential ideas.

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30 mins
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History & The Arts 

Erving Goffman and The Performed Self

Do you have a fixed character? Or do you play many roles based on the situation? Stephen Fry explains Erving Goffman's theory of the Performed Self. 

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5 mins
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TV, Radio & Events 

OU on The BBC: A History of Ideas - What does it mean to be me?

This week on A History of Ideas, Melvyn Bragg's' philosophical question is: "What does it mean to be me?"

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

The poor are other people: Perceptions of poverty on Teesside

Research on Teesside suggests that not only do those living in poverty not feel part of the poor, but they are likely to demonise the "feckless poor"

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Society, Politics & Law 

Digging up Spain's dead

General Franco’s authoritarian dictatorship lasted for almost forty years. When he died in 1975, political parties of both the left and the right agreed to draw a line under the past for the sake of Spain’s peaceful transition to democracy. So why now, over 30 years later, is Spain breaking its self-imposed silence about its past?

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15 mins
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Critical Social Psychology

We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most compelling questions we face is how to understand ourselves and other people. The video tracks on this album introduce the four main theoretical perspectives in social psychology - cognitive, psychoanalytical, discursive and phenomenological. The album also explores interrogative themes that help in the understanding of key topics in social psychology. This material forms part of The Open University course DD307 Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others.

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2 hrs
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Health, Sports & Psychology 

OU on the BBC: Background Brief - Consciousness: The Story So Far

An exploration of consciousness, what it is, whether it's necessary, and how personal it is to each of us

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Money & Business 

Dove's new beauty

Unilever's global Dove brand has taken on the task of redefining beauty. Using 'real women' in its advertising campaign, the company is celebrating the old, the full-bodied and the wrinkled! But can Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty overcome decades of gender stereotypes, or will its efforts be no more than skin deep?

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Education & Development 

Moral behaviour

Dr Robin Banerjee explores the subject of children's moral development, and the factors that lead them to develop a sense of morals

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History & The Arts 

A Change In World View

Derek Matravers explores the origins of Romanticism.

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