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Critical Issues and Grand Challenges
These panelists use the lens of systems engineering to focus sharply on some signature global challenges in finance, healthcare, energy and IT.

The system failure that undid the small but influential financial services industry was a few decades in the making, says John Reed. In the ‘80s, a sea change swept ov

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Plate tectonics is an earth sciences topic that attracts a good deal of interest, given that it a topic very often featured in popular science programmes on TV and radio. It is a subject that have strong visual appeal. The coverage is S279 is self-contained, up to date and is written in a way that will be accessible to those with interest and motivation, all the more so for those who have some pre-existing scientific understanding.
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This unit lays the foundation of Newtonian mechanics and in particular the procedure for solving dynamics problems. The preresquisite skills needed for this unit are the ability to solve first and second-order differential equations, a knowledge of vectors, and an understanding of the concept of a force
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This unit lays the foundation of Newtonian mechanics and in particular the procedure for solving dynamics problems. The preresquisite skills needed for this unit are the ability to solve first and second-order differential equations, a knowledge of vectors, and an understanding of the concept of a force
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This unit is intended to further develop your understanding of Newtonian mechanics in relation to oscillating systems. In addition to a basic grounding in solving systems of differential equations, this unit assumes that you have some understanding of eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
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This unit shows how partial differential equations can be used to model phenomena such as waves and heat transfer. The prerequisite requirements to gain full advantage from this unit are an understanding of ordinary differential equations and basic familiarity with partial differential equations.
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Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the nature of stars. You should have some understanding of the basic stellar properties of luminosity and temperature in order to get the most from the unit.
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Stars can necessarily be observed only at a distance. This unit introduces the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram, an essential tool in understanding the nature of stars. You should have some understanding of the basic stellar properties of luminosity and temperature in order to get the most from the unit.
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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.
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Grand Challenges and Engineering Systems: Inspiring and Educating the Next Generation
It’s a good thing for a world increasingly beset by mammoth challenges that universities are responding with new engineering systems programs. These initiatives, as Daniel Roos attests, are swiftly proliferating in the U.S. and abroad to equip students to address such complex issues as health care, sustainable energy,
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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • develop your understanding of the process of teaching and learning in classrooms, and the role of language in that process;

  • appreciate how a sociocultural approach can be used to make critical, constructive analyses of classroom interaction in a variety of second language learning contexts;

  • use this knowledge to reflect on second language learning processes in the classrooms you know.


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What impact will global warming really have? This unit examines the potential problems faced by the people of the Pacific Island of Tuvalu as a result of rising sea levels. Where would you go if your island is only a few feet above sea level? Who would you blame?
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Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This unit will enable you to relate what you read to your own sensory experiences – and indeed many of the questions asked have exactly that function. This unit will be best understood by those with some biological understanding.
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Hearing is a familiar and important human sense that is a topic naturally of interest to those who are curious about human biology. This unit will enable you to relate what you read to your own sensory experiences – and indeed many of the questions asked have exactly that function. This unit will be best understood by those with some biological understanding.
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CSSJ: Cohen Conference: Rawls, Cohen, Mill and the Egalitarian Trilemma
Rescuing Justice and Equality: Celebrating the Career of G.A. Cohen Conference at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice (CSSJ), Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford, Friday 23 and Saturday 24 January 2009 On January 23-24 2009, with the generous support of Philosophy and Public Affairs, the Centre for the Study of Social Justice will be hosting a conference to celebrate the career of G.A. Cohen, who is retiring after 23 years as Chichele Professor of Soci
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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR);

  • have an understanding of the European Union (EU);

  • acquire a basic knowledge about the EU institutions;

  • acquire an understanding of the sources of EU law;

  • acquire a knowledge of the interaction between EU law and domestic law.

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By the end of this unit you should be able to:

  • explore ideas about place and identity using our concept of ‘geographical imagination’ by examining the images that represent a place to reveal how those images came about;

  • explore ideas about place and identity by examining the images that represent a place to reveal two sets of relationships that are important in understanding the character of a place: power relations and local-global relations.


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Delacroix
In this unit you will be introduced to a variety of Delacroix’s work and see how his paintings relate to the cultural transition from Enlightenment to Romanticism. You will study Delacroix’s early career, his classical background, the development of Romantic ideas and their incorporation into his work. You will have the opportunity to study some of his most important paintings and compare them to works favouring a Neoclassical approach. You will also be able to see how his themes, subjects
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After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • Part A:

  • describe in general terms what a business is;

  • demonstrate an appreciation of the concept of capital.

  • Part B:

  • identify the main types of business medium;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key characteristics of businesses run as sole traders;

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key characteristics of businesses run in pa
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Who were our ancestors? How are apes and humans related? And where does the extinct Homo erectus fit into the puzzle? In this unit we will examine culture, tool use and social structure in both apes and humans to gain an understanding of where we come from and why we behave as we do. This is the tenth unit in the ‘Studying mammals’ series.
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