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Studying mammals: Plant predators
From the mouse-deer to the elephant, plant eaters come in all shapes and sizes. But how do they manage to flourish on a salad diet? In this unit we will examine the special features that allow them to extract their nutrients from leaves, and see how some plants protect themselves from these predators. This is the fourth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.Author(s): Creator not set

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Studying mammals: A winning design
The term mammal encompasses a huge variety of animals, including humans. But what makes a mammal a mammal? This unit explores some of the features, such as reproduction, lactation and thermoregulation methods, that mammals have in common. It is the first in a series of 10 ‘Studying mammals’ units. First published on Thu, 21 Jul 2011 as Author(s): Creator not set

Studying mammals: Chisellers
Ever wondered why rats, mice and squirrels seem to reproduce at such an alarming rate? Rodents are among the most successful of all the mammal groups. In this unit you will learn more about some of the evolutionary features that make these creatures so plentiful. This is the third unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series. First published on Thu, 21 Jul 20
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Nature matters in conversation
This unit focuses on the substance of environmental responsibility – what matters. The question ‘What should constitute our prime focus of attention?’ can prompt different responses. We consider two points of contrast in differing focuses on what matters: 1 a distinction between nature and the environment 2 a distinction between nature/environment and related human interactionsAuthor(s): Creator not set

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Climate change
Climate change is a key issue on today’s social and political agenda. This unit explores the basic science that underpins climate change and global warming. First published on Tue, 26 Jul 2011 as Climate change. To find out more visit The Open University's
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Understanding the environment: Flows and feedback
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this unit is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.Author(s): Creator not set

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Understanding the environment: Thinking styles and models
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this unit is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.Author(s): Creator not set

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Nature matters: Systems thinking and experts
This unit explores conceptual tools for assisting our thinking and deliberation on what matters. The notion of ‘framing’ nature is introduced and three readings provide an understanding of systems thinking for explicitly framing issues of environmental responsibility. First published on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 as Author(s): Creator not set

Understanding the environment: Co-evolution
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this unit is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.Author(s): Creator not set

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Understanding the environment: A systems approach
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this unit is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview. Thus, the study unit promotes the shift in perception towards socio-economic
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Understanding the environment: Complexity and chaos
There is increasing recognition that the reductionist mindset that is currently dominating society, rooted in unlimited economic growth unperceptive to its social and environmental impact, cannot resolve the converging environmental, social and economic crises we now face. The primary aim of this unit is to encourage the shift away from reductionist and human centred thinking towards a holistic and ecological worldview.Author(s): Creator not set

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Environment: Treading lightly on the Earth
This unit focuses on the problem of green-house gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide, and explores what you can do to lighten those emissions to help reduce the rate of climate change. First published on Tue, 04 Oct 2011 as Author(s): Creator not set

Nature matters: caring and accountability
This unit considers environmental responsibility and what may matter from a caring perspective and an accountability perspective. Caring for an environment compromising the natural world and ensuring accountability for harm or wrong done to the environment. First published on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 as Author(s): Creator not set

Introducing the environment: Ecology and ecosystems
What is ecology and why is it important to our understanding of the world around us? This unit looks at how we can study ecosystems to explore the effect that humans are having on the environment. First published on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 as Author(s): Creator not set

School activities: Evolutionary tree of mammals
This introduction to the evolution of mammals considers Darwin’s observations on mammals, and how he noticed that species fell into natural groups. The unit looks at evidence from fossils and DNA to examine which mammals are most closely related to whales. First published on Mon, 23 Jul 2012 as Author(s): Creator not set

Studying Darwin
This unit brings together a collection of units from the OpenLearn site that would be of interest to anyone wishing to study Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection and how his work has gone on to influence other work around this theory. First published on Tue, 04 Dec 2012 as Author(s): Creator not set

Introduction to forensic engineering
Why do products fail and who finds out why? This unit enters the complex world of forensic engineering and examines how scientists analyse product failure. From investigating a ladder accident to determining the reasons behind the failures in medical products, you will understand how the ‘truth’ can be established. Fi
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Revolutions in sound recording
Since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the recording and playback of sound has been a key element of life in the western world. This unit traces the technology and characters of the sound recording industry as it advances from Edison's original phonograph to the formats we know today. First published on Thu, 31 Jul 2008
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Business English: Presenting the decision
Do you want to relocate to the UK? This unit will help you with the language difficulties that can arise while providing assistance with the practicalities of moving your company and its relocating its employees. You will also learn how other companies have approached this task. First published on Wed, 27 Jul 2011 as Author(s): Creator not set

Topic 5: Income Taxation and Labor Supply part 5 | Economics 2450A: Public Economics
Raj Chetty Fall 2012
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