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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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If we are agreed that the UK economy needs an overhaul from the Left, where does Brexit come in? Interview with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato.Read now ❯Brexit: an economic strategy from the left?
Alan Shipman wonders if an 18th Century French aristocrat foresaw a twist in the Brexit vote that will trip up UK negotiators.Read now ❯Straight talking collides with cyclical preferences
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An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics
How are new communications technologies affecting political thought and action? Prof. Jeremy Gilbert makes a leftist analysis of what happened in the Brexit referendum, the 2017 election, and what should happen next.Read now ❯An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics
This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Building from an awareness of just how much of everyday life involves the state, the course questions whether states have this authority to govern. It also asks about situations in which states may not be able to command such authority where their governing role is not accepted as legitimate.Learn more ❯Political ordering
This free course focuses on giving you the skills to identify the criteria for evaluating the politics of racial violence in Britain. The material is an audio file, originally 30 minutes in length, and examines the issues around this subject. It was recorded in 1995.Learn more ❯The politics of racial violence in Britain
Learn about the EU and how it extends, limits or replaces the work of national governments, in the opening video of the Student Hub Live Brexit special.Watch now ❯What is the EU? - Student Hub Live's Brexit Special
How to reduce your biases during complex negotiations, in the fifth article from Volker Patent’s series on the psychology of Brexit.Read now ❯Brexit and the Art of Negotiation
This free course, The politics of devolution, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power, equality and dissent, is pitched at the intermediate level. It should take you about 8 hours to study if you attempt the recommended exercises and make summary notes of its key points. Doing so will allow you to practise the crucial academic skill of summary and prcis extracting the gist of an argument which will be of particular help if you go on to study in related areas: perhaps the related politics courses on the OpenLearn website or the Open University modules from which they come.Learn more ❯The politics of devolution
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The devil is in the (complex) detail
A look at the implications of negotiating Brexit, in the fourth article from Volker Patent’s series on the psychology of Brexit.Read now ❯The devil is in the (complex) detail
This free course provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society, politics and culture of Wales, providing a wealth of up-to-date evidence that is organised around core social science concepts and theories, to help you make sense of a changing nation.Learn more ❯Contemporary Wales
Andrew Defty explains why, in his view, the election is better for the Conservatives than the UK as a nation.Read now ❯Four reasons why the election is bad for the UK
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Privileged and Overconfident but Full Steam Ahead!
How negotiations can be affected by priviledge and overconfidence, in a third article on the psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics by Volker Patent.Read now ❯Privileged and Overconfident but Full Steam Ahead!
Learn psychological self-defence and start resisting the dark arts of political communication, in Volker Patent’s second article on Brexit and the General ElectionRead now ❯Learning to swim in murky seas: Exploitation of the Electorate via Social Media
Participating in the democratic processes is seen as being a fundamental aspect of citizenship. All pupils need a broad knowledge and understanding of the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens, as well as an understanding of forms of government. Notions of citizenship have been forged alongside the expansion of the right to vote and the development of our ideas about democracy. In this fee course, Democracy? You think you know? we explore different interpretations of democracy and strategies for involving pupils in consideration of these issues within the citizenship curriculum.Learn more ❯Democracy? You think you know?
The psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics, in a series of articles by Volker Patent. In this first article, we look at how the language of Brexit encourages the formation of political cliques.Read now ❯No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation
This free course, Racial violence: European perspectives, introduces you to the politics of racial violence in Britain from a European perspective. The material is an audio file, originally 30 minutes in length, and examines the issues around this subject. It was recorded in 1995.Learn more ❯Racial violence: European perspectives
A new occupant at the Elysée Palace - and a stongly pro-European one at that. What does that mean for the process of the UK leaving the EU?Read now ❯What does President Macron mean for Brexit?
With the election now set for June, what does this mean for Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union?Read now ❯How will the General Election change Brexit?
This free course provides basic historical background to the French Revolution. It will show that the Revolution accelerated intellectual, cultural and psychological change, and opened up new horizons and possibilities. In fact, while much controversy and scepticism remain as to the real extent of underlying change in the social and economic structure of France, it is generally agreed by scholars that the Revolution stimulated a widening of expectations and imaginative awareness: a belief, inherited from the Enlightenment, in the possibility of progress, as well as a conviction that state and society could be reconstituted with a view to realising social and individual aspirations and human happiness generally. As it degenerated into violence and bloodshed, however, the Revolution also provoked scepticism and pessimism about progress and human nature. The two basic types of modern political outlook, progressive and conservative, date from this experience. Which, if any, of these sets of beliefs was true is not at issue here. What matters is that the Revolution gave rise to them and gave them lasting life.Learn more ❯French Revolution
As EU leaders gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome against the backdrop of Brexit and rising populism, what lessons can be drawn from history to revive the EU?Read now ❯60 Years after the Treaty of Rome: Lessons from history for today's EU
The European Union (EU), formed out of the ashes of the Second World War, continues to expand in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Despite the EU's growing size and significance, the question 'What is Europe?' still resonates through the continent. This free course looks at a range of different views on the question, contrasting different conceptions of Europeanness and outlining competing visions for the future of the EU.Learn more ❯What is Europe?
What does triggering Article 50 mean? With it looming on the horizon, Anne Wesemann explains its role in the proceedings.Read now ❯Pulling the trigger on Article 50
Human cloning is currently banned under EU law. Brexit should allow the UK to dump this rule, believes Hugh McLachlan.Read now ❯Could Brexit allow the UK to drop the ban on cloning?
This week, the UK's House of Commons voted yes at the first reading of the bill which would allow the triggering of Article 50. But what happens next?Read now ❯What happens now MPs have voted yes to the Article 50 bill?
What role will the 'regions' play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This free course, A Europe of the Regions?, examines the rise of the regions and regionalism in Western Europe. You will look at the possible development pathways for Europe: will it become a federal super-state or a decentralised 'Europe of the Regions'?Learn more ❯A Europe of the Regions?
Earlier today [Jan 24th], the Supreme Court rejected the government's appeal against a judgement insisting Parliament had to vote on triggering Article 50. So what now?Watch now ❯What happens now the government has lost the Brexit court case?
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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?
Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts negotiations to leave the EU.Read now ❯Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal
Today, The Supreme Court delivers its verdict on whether Parliament should be involved in the decisions around triggering Article 50 and starting the process of Brexit. What does it all mean?Read now ❯What is the Supreme Court's role in Brexit?
Writing before the result of the US election was known, Tim Oliver explains why President Trump might mean tough times for the US/UK 'special relationship'Read now ❯What does a Trump victory mean for Britain?
The defeat of proposed changes to the Italian constitution this weekend have set off a chain reaction - a Prime Minster has resigned, and Europe waits to see what happens next.Read now ❯The Italian crisis: Why has Matteo Renzi resigned - and what happens next?
Perhaps - but not yet. Paul Cairney explains why he thinks the SNP will bide its time.Read now ❯Does Brexit mean another Scottish Independence vote?
Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the Leave vote. Gavin Barrett suggests what we might expect next.Read now ❯Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?
The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of academics for their instant reaction.Read now ❯The UK votes out: Instant reaction
Would Brexit actually imply freedom from Brussels? Eunice Goes thinks not.Read now ❯Why pulling out of the EU won't give Britain complete control over its affairs
John Curtice explains why a clear prediction of the referendum result proved so elusive for many pollsters.Read now ❯How did the referendum polls get it wrong - again?
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
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BA (Honours) International Studies
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe. The BA (Honours) International Studies enables you to explore the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create. The core concerns of this degree course range from international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security to international economics and development; from cultural and religious interactions between different societies to global environmental problems. Although International Studies at the OU has a particular emphasis on development and the issues and problems facing developing countries, this degree is also concerned with the overall political make-up of the international system and the sources of order and disorder within it. Throughout your studies, you’ll have specialist, subject-based academic support and the chance to join in online communities of other social sciences students for teaching, learning and peer support.Learn more ❯BA (Honours) International Studies
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.