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Britain is currently negotiating its departure from the European Union. The Brexiting Hub is here to help make sense of what this means for the nations, for Europe - and for you.Take part nowBrexiting Hub
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There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters
It has emerged that the team being sent to Brussels to lead on talks to take Britain out of the EU includes just one woman – out of nine named negotiators.Read now ❯There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters
What is Europe and what defines a European? This free course, Who are Europeans?, looks at the development of identities within Europe and the European Union. You will assess the mechanisms through which a new identity commitment is being formed and the limitations of and oppositions to this process. Can a genuine European identity ever be created in an expanding multicultural European Union?Learn more ❯Who are Europeans?
What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780-1840, explores how the United Kingdom of Britain and Ireland was formed. It then moves to analyse the distinctions between the terms ‘nation’ and ‘state’. Finally, it evaluates the role of national identities in British popular politics during the first half of the nineteenth century.Learn more ❯National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840
'No Dunkirk Spirit Can Save Britain From Brexit Defeat' by Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Political deliberation under conditions of deception: the case of Brexit
Setting out a philosophical analysis of BrexitRead now ❯Political deliberation under conditions of deception: the case of Brexit
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From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK
How can racism and xenophobia undermine democracy and the public finances?Read now ❯ From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK
While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one imminent) over European society during the 1920s and 1930s, this free course, Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period, demonstrates how a number of specific features indicate that the interwar period was a distinctive and important moment of modernity in the twentieth century, from the rise of the metropolis and the emergence of new forms of mass media, to the changing lifestyles of women and the increasingly interventionist approaches to managing the health and welfare of modern populations.Learn more ❯Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period
Language is political, as Brexit and Trump demonstrateRead now ❯How Brexit Is Giving Rise To A New Wave Of Language Wars
What does the UK's official notification of its intention to leave the EU mean? Dr Philip Seargeant explores.Read now ❯A linguist’s guide to the Theresa May Article 50 letter
How does our choice of words influence the path of debate?Read now ❯Brexiteers and Broflakes: how language frames political debate
The second Brexit Special video from Student Hub Live.Watch now ❯Brexit’s impact on the nations of the UK - Student Hub Live's Brexit Special
Stories about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees make media headlines almost every day. John Allen asks, what's the role of borders in this movement of people?Read now ❯Europe’s Borders in Question
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide you with an introduction to studying political ideas by looking at how people who see themselves as nations challenge the existing order to assert their right to a state of their own.Learn more ❯Nationalism, self-determination and secession
Professor Simon Lee’s inaugural lecture comes at a time when many can be seen as having closed minds in the Brexit era and following the election of President Trump.Watch now ❯OpenMinds: Open and Shut Cases – Professor Simon Lee’s Inaugural lecture
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OpenMinds-Talk: What does Brexit tell us about Britain?
Join us at The Open University, in the Berrill Theatre and online as we host an enlightening talk exploring the question: What does Brexit tell us about Britain?Watch now ❯OpenMinds-Talk: What does Brexit tell us about Britain?
Modern Scotland is a multi-lingual country. Gaelic, Scots and English, along with newer introductions from Europe and beyond, all influence the way Scotland's people now speak to each other and to the rest of the world. Created with the positive encouragement of Bòrd na Gàidhlig and with support from BBC Alba, this free course, Gaelic in modern Scotland, is available in both Gaelic and English. The course has been designed to provide a resource for people with a personal or professional interest in increasing their knowledge and understanding of the development and impact of Scottish Gaelic and its culture. It aims to surprise and challenge where necessary; to provide links and ideas for further research; and, for some, to kick-start a journey into learning a language which is integral to Scotland's national identity.Learn more ❯Gaelic in modern Scotland
In a world that appears increasingly hostile to expertise, Janet Newman suggests ways forward – and some new alliances.Read now ❯Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit
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Why were Gibraltarians alarmed by Brexit?
Even before senior Conservative politicians started muttering darkly about the Falklands War, residents of Gibraltar were anxious and upset about the Brexit vote. Andrew Canessa explains why.Read now ❯Why were Gibraltarians alarmed by Brexit?
The principal tenets of the movement known as Romanticism first began in Germany and England, with the former pioneering the moral and philosophical beliefs and the latter producing the first Romantic artists and poets. This album concentrates on the development and spread of Romanticism in mainland Europe, analysing in clear, concise terms the metaphysical questions and beliefs that engendered the movement, along with the cultural and historical contexts that encouraged its development. The album also explores how Romanticism spread and was adopted in other countries, concentrating on how intellectual progress was often hindered by societal pressures and prejudices. This material forms part of The Open University course A207 From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780-1830.Listen now ❯Analysing European Romanticism
Brexit and Donald Trump appear to drive global justice and international development efforts into unchartered waters says Professor Theo Papaioannou.Read now ❯What Brexit and Trump mean for Global Justice and International Development
Some MPs who believe Brexit to be a bad idea still voted for the Article 50 bill, often claiming "the people have spoken". Oxford's Benito Muller has some thoughts.Read now ❯How far was the Brexit vote "the will of the people" - and what does that mean?
In a personal view, Janet Morphet warns that the recoil from triggering Article 50 could weaken the bonds of the UK nations.Read now ❯Is Article 50 the first step towards the collapse of the UK?
Taking the tools of psychology and using them to explore citizenship can be revealing - so why doesn't it happen more often, asks Eleni Andreouli.Read now ❯Methods in Motion: The social psychology of citizenship
As the UK prepares to leave, should the EU remake itself? Pol Morillas believes it's time for the Union to adopt a more flexible approach.Read now ❯Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union?
Two shocks to the political system, but neither, says Eric Kaufmann, were driven by personal economic circumstances.Read now ❯Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit
A round-up of some of the latest perspectives on what Brexit means for Ireland - both sides of the border.Read now ❯On the hard border: A Brexit Ireland reading list
Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the islands will remain strong. Indeed, he says, that might have been part of the problem in the first place...Read now ❯Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe?
Wales voted leave by a margin of 52.5 per cent. It is an interesting case study of how people voted against their own material self interest, to increase their precarity, and to become even poorer than they already are, writes Daniel Evans.Read now ❯Brexit: On the vote in Wales
As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer people embraced Brexit, explains Ralph Fevre.Read now ❯Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in attacking free trade agreements.Read now ❯Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?
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Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?
With the monoglot Brits no longer trotting in to Brussels, will English start to loosen its grip on the EU - and beyond?Read now ❯Is Brexit going to unseat English as the lingua franca?
Reaction from academics around the planet as UK voters elect to leave the ERead now ❯The UK votes out; the EU shrinks; the world reacts
A look at the 'No2EU, Yes to Democracy' campaign in the run up to the European electionsRead now ❯Equality, identity and saying no to the EU
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.Read now ❯Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises
The mass uprising against a tyrannical regime depicted in The Hunger Games is a reality in some countries, but can the results be devastating?Read now ❯Why the message of The Hunger Games films is dangerous
From the G8 to the World Trade Organization, there's a bewildering number of groups promoting international co-operation. Here's a guide to some of them.Read now ❯International Alphabet Soup: A brief guide to trade areas, unions and councils
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we define our rights? Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) – and the ideas and values that inform them – are central to how modern societies are organised and governed. This degree explores fundamental questions of power and ideology, beliefs and values, and how income and wealth are produced and distributed. As well as gaining insight into debates that dominate the daily news, you’ll learn a range of skills and techniques to help you analyse and contribute to the discussion. You’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the way arguments (and public policies) are constructed in theory and tested in practice. These analytical and critical skills are highly valued by employers in a broad range of occupations, across the private and public sectors.Learn more ❯BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform others – from police officers to civil servants to business executives – who want to base their decisions on the best evidence. The BA (Honours) Combined Social Science is designed to be very flexible, enabling you to develop a variety of knowledge and skills from a combination of subjects including psychology, sociology, social policy, criminology, geography, politics and economics. You can choose to follow a named specialism by concentrating on one of these areas, or create your own combination of subjects. This degree course will equip you with skills highly valued by employers, such as using IT for the retrieval and effective presentation of information and data; critical evaluation; and concise writing. You’ll have your own specialist, subject-based academic support as well as opportunities to join in online communities of other social sciences students for teaching, learning and peer support.Learn more ❯BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
The views expressed on OpenLearn’s Brexiting Hub are those of their author and not of The Open University. For more information on Brexit, The UK in a Changing Europe is an independent, impartial reference point for expert knowledge on Brexit and UK-EU relations.