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Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics free course icon

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Professional Certificate in Practical Statistics

This certificate introduces key ideas in statistics. Gain the skills to explore, summarise and analyse data to solve practical problems. Appreciate the breadth of statistical applications and of the role of variability in today's world. And learn to recognise the limitation of statistical analyses. You'll also use a range of statistical software.

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Exploring the classical world free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Exploring the classical world

This module is for anyone interested in ancient Greece and Rome. You'll investigate a wide range of topics such as Homer's poetry and the society where it was created; fifth century Athens; republican Rome; and Roman social history. This module explores ancient poetry, drama and historical texts in English translations along with art, architecture and archaeological evidence, to build an understanding of the classical world. Whether your interest in Greece and Rome is long-standing or new, this module will give you a fresh perspective, develop your skills in analysis and evaluation and lay a firm foundation for further exploration.

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The British Isles and the modern world, 1789-1914 free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

The British Isles and the modern world, 1789-1914

The British Isles in the long nineteenth century was a place of rapid expansion and growth, when the United Kingdom became the so-called 'workshop of the world'. It was also a period of conflict and uncertainty, where poverty and political unrest prompted widespread anxieties about the nature of progress. Taking up these different perspectives, in this module you 'll look at the landmark transformations of the period such as the political union of Britain and Ireland, industrialisation, the growth of cities, and the expansion of the British Empire. By focusing on one century, this module provides you with the space for a deep engagement with historical method and debate.

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Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world

What is politics? Who is engaged in politics locally, nationally and internationally? How do we study politics? This online module answers questions like these and explores how political ideas, institutions and processes help govern our world. Using a range of study materials you'll explore the interrelationships between politicians, pundits and publics. You'll learn the key practical skills that are used to explore and explain the ways in which politics, in all its forms, helps order the social world and provide for the governance of persons and the administration of things.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Investigating the social world

This multidisciplinary module uses a range of learning technologies to help you understand how social scientists investigate the social world. Drawing on the subjects of criminology, social policy, economics, environmental studies, geography, international studies, politics and sociology, you'll explore a wide range of everyday topics. Through the module's investigative and thematic approach you'll learn the methods, perspectives and tools of the social sciences, further developing your analytical and evaluative skills. This module will help you decide your specialisation at OU level 2, and equip you with a range of skills for further independent study, and for your personal and working life.

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Leadership in a changing world free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Leadership in a changing world

You'll have access to a module website, which includes:

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Managing in a changing world free course icon

Money & Business 

Managing in a changing world

You'll be provided with three printed module books, each covering one unit of study have access to a module website, which includes:

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Environment: journeys through a changing world free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

Environment: journeys through a changing world

Our world is changing fast ? we are experiencing pressure from climate change, growing demands for finite resources, impacts of pollution and waste, biodiversity loss and the extinction of many plants and animals. introduces you to subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences and technology to develop your understanding of environmental issues and sustainability concerns. It shows how people are seeking positive solutions to environmental challenges where you live, in the Arctic, Africa, the Amazon and China. You do not need any prior environmental knowledge to study this key introductory OU level 1 module, just an interest in the future of our planet.

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International development: making sense of a changing world free course icon Level

Nature & Environment 

International development: making sense of a changing world

In this interdisciplinary module you'll cover key areas of international development. These include: different models of development; shifting power in the international system; the relationship between poverty, inequality and livelihoods; the impact of conflict and insecurity; and the role of technology and the environment. The history of development as a process of change, the power relationships in that process and the different scales at which development takes place from transnational to local, are themes running throughout the module. These themes integrate the material ? using a mix of case studies, interactive activities, text and DVD ? to provide a central narrative encouraging critical appraisal and curiosity.

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Languages 

English in the world

Today, English is the pre-eminent global language, spoken by more than a quarter of the world's population. English plays a key role in international diplomacy, trade and commerce, the global media and entertainment industries, and is used in everyday encounters across the world. In this module, you'll trace the history of its spread across the globe and explore the diversity that characterises present-day English in a range of everyday settings from home to education and work. Using both print and online materials, you'll investigate its influence, alongside other languages, in contemporary global issues such as migration and political protest.

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French studies 2: language and culture of the French-speaking world free course icon Level

Languages 

French studies 2: language and culture of the French-speaking world

This module takes you to an upper intermediate level of competence in French, which is equivalent to level B2 level of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. You'll further develop your cultural knowledge, and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations ? ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You'll also consolidate and further develop academic, digital and employability skills in French-speaking contexts. A residential school takes place in France, or an online alternative will be provided.

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Spanish studies 2: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world free course icon Level

Languages 

Spanish studies 2: language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world

This module takes you to an upper intermediate level of competence in Spanish, which is equivalent to level B2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference. You'll further develop your cultural knowledge, and practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and interacting in a variety of situations ? ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You'll also consolidate and further develop academic, digital and employability skills in Spanish-speaking contexts. A residential school takes place in Spain, or an online alternative will be provided.

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