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Understanding contemporary society
This is a module framework. It can be viewed online or downloaded as a zip file. This module introduces students to a range of approaches in social analysis. Through introductions to key concepts, theorists and research studies in the disciplines of sociology, cultural studies and social policy, students will be equipped with the skills necessary for more advanced study of contemporary society. Two routes to reading this module's contents are offered. Those who prefer to read on screen can na
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, 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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4.1 Systems diagrams and diagrams helpful for systems work

Diagrams are used extensively in systems thinking and practice. All of those types included in the animated tutorial, as well as other types not covered there, can or have been used in systems studies. As mentioned at the beginning of the course the use of diagrams is very personal. For instance I find it helpful to group diagrams into three sorts depending o
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Femmes et droit en Islam - Sana Ben Achour (video)

Le propos est de montrer comment, aujourd’hui, dans les pays de culture musulmane, notamment dans les pays du Maghreb, se réarticule, se construit et se noue autour de la réforme du statut personnel ou de la famille, un système de normativité où droit et religion, tradition et modernité, droits universels et spécificités culturelles et identitaires, sont en «équilibre transactionnel » (pour reprendre une formule chère à Jacques Berque). Il est donc important de retracer la gen
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Wolf and the Seven Little Kids, Part 1 of 2
In this animated cartoon film the mother goat leaves the house while her children remains inside the house. A wolf is hungry and spies on the house and its plump occupants. After the mother has disappeared, the wolf tries to enter frequent times. He tries once by swallowing chalk. He covers his paws with white paint so his feet look like those of goats. He then tricks the kids that he is their mother. When the door opens, he eats all but one last kid. The mother comes home and discovers her
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18.443 Statistics for Applications (MIT)
This course is a broad treatment of statistics, concentrating on specific statistical techniques used in science and industry. Topics include: hypothesis testing and estimation, confidence intervals, chi-square tests, nonparametric statistics, analysis of variance, regression, correlation, decision theory, and Bayesian statistics.
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The Plymouth Colony
The Anglican Church became England’s official church during Queen Elizabeth’s reign from 1558 to 1603. At this time there was growing tension between Catholics and Protestants dating back to when Queen Elizabeth’s father, King Henry VII, broke from the Catholic Church in the 1530s. English Catholics wanted the Church of England to stress traditional Catholic practices while English Protestants following Calvinist ideals wanted to return to the “pure” Christianity of the New Testament a
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4.3 Reducing the nutrient source

Europe is the continent that has suffered most from eutrophication, and increasing efforts are being made to restore European water bodies damaged by nutrient enrichment. If the ultimate goal is to restore sites where nature conservation interest has been damaged by eutrophication, techniques are required for reducing external loadings of nutrients into ecosystems.

Although algal production requires both nitrogen and phosphorus supplies, it is usually sufficient to reduce only one major
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Afrocentric Fine Arts Show
It has been called an annual rite of spring, signaling the change of seasons. An event to eagerly anticipate after a long, cold winter. The Afrocentric Fine Art Show, sponsored by Sisters & Friends, takes place early spring each year. The prestigious event welcomes area residents and visitors from around the United States to a weekend of fine art and fellowship. Throughout the two-day event, stunning and stimulating works of art are exhibited, featuring African-American artists and artists fro
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Hello Panwapa Island!
A young curious monster named Azibo arrives on Panwapa Island, eager to make friends. But some of the animals that live on the island have never known a monster before-and they don't want to start now. If you would like to add more questions or share ideas about how you use Panwapa with your students, create or join a Panwapa group using Curriki's group tools. (Under the Member Community tab in the navigation bar on the left, click "browse groups" or "create a new group.") Run time 10:34.
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SBS318 Session 10 Summer 2011
SBS318 Cultural Pluralism Session 10 07/23/11 Mike Fraga Guest: Allen Wernick, Citzenship Now
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Lesson 09 - One Minute Luxembourgish
In lesson 09 of One Minute Luxembourgish you will learn to ask people how they're feeling and to answer the question yourself. Remember - even a few phrases of a language can help you make friends and enjoy travel more. Find out more about One Minute Languages at our website - http://www.oneminutelanguages.com. One Minute Luxembourgish is brought to you by the Radio Lingua Network and is ©Copyright 2008.
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Investigating spiders: life on a thread
Whether you find spiders fearful or fascinating, they are to be admired for their web-spinning and prey-catching techniques, and the remarkable methods they use to move from one place to another. In this album, researchers in Denmark and the United States use an 8-legged robot and a virtual spider, high-speed photography, a hot air balloon and a rowing boat to explore the biophysics of spiders. In the audio track, Dr David Robinson of The Open University explains how advances in technology allow
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3.11.2 Answering a question in exam conditions

Write out a few exam questions on pieces of card, shuffle them and then pick out a question at random and try to answer it in the time the exam allows. Doing this can give you a sense of the amount you can reasonably write in an exam. You should also get an idea of whether or not you are being too ambitious about what you can cover within the time constraints of an exam. You should be wary of overshooting the timeslot for an exam answer, and not leaving enough time to complete the remaining a
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STS-133 Daily Mission Recap - Flight Day 7
A video recap of flight day 7 of the STS-133 mission of space shuttle Discovery to the International Space Station.
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1.3.4 Hormonal control of sperm production

The most important hormone involved in controlling sperm production is a steroid called testosterone. This is produced in the testis itself, by the Leydig cells (see Figure 12a). The testosterone is released from the Leydig cells between the tubules, and taken up by the neighbouring Sertoli cells. The Leydig cells are stimulated to make testosterone by two other hormones, luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which are both produced by the pituitary gland and
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Acknowledgements

Amanda Burrows is a graduate of Laban and gained an MA in Education from The Open University. She has taught dance in secondary schools, FE colleges, universities and in community settings. Amanda is currently Head of Curriculum for Visual, Performing Arts and Media at Grantham College, and has produced materials for the Open Univerity's Teachandlearn.net, repurposed here for openlearn.

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One Minute Languages - Schedules
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The DPS protein compacts the eubacterial chromosome during stress

When an E. coli cell enters into stationary phase, transcription and cell division cease completely. In such cells, the normal chromatin components, such as those described above, are replaced by a negatively charged protein called DPS. The interaction between DPS and DNA appears to be a specialised bacterial adaptation to survive starvation. In normal conditions of growth, the DNA within the bacterial cell is distributed evenly throughout the entire cytoplasm. In stationary cells, how
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