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Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Who's profitting from the misery of the detainees? This article questions the issue of privatisation in Immigration Removal Centres.

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?

How the stove changed the kitchen

How the stove changed the kitchen Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2016
The introduction of the gas stove more than a hundred years ago completely changed the way we use the kitchen—and the rest of our homes.

Queen Elizabeth II is 90

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Queen Elizabeth II is 90
Updated 20 Apr 2016
As Queen Elizabeth II turns 90, take a look at the key moments in her life, reign and British history with our interactive timelines with photos,...

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots Creative commons image First Minister Of Scotland under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
On May 5th, Scotland votes in a parliamentary election. Here's a quick round-up of what's happening on the campaign.

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election?

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
Last night [19th April] the voters of New York took their turn to choose candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. What did their activity...

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico?

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico? Copyright free image Copyright free: US Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Dan Heaton, U.S. Air Force.
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
One of the central planks of Donald Trump's campaign for President has been the pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico. In a personal...

What is happening in Brazil?

What is happening in Brazil? Creative commons image Dilma Rousseff -- photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The Brazilian Parliament voted on Sunday [17th April 2016] to begin impeachment proceedings against the nation's president. How did it come to this?

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016 Creative commons image dancing_stupidity under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

Privacy rights and the law

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Privacy rights and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Privacy has long been recognised as an important human right, but how does society balance this right with the protection of others, such as the...

Human rights and law

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Human rights and law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This free...

Europe and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
With this free course, Europe and the law, you will gain a basic understanding of EU law and the interaction between EU and domestic law. It will...

Judges and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the common law system works, the differences between 'civil code'...

Parliament and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
How are rules made and who can influence this procedure? This free course, Parliament and the law, will introduce you to the rule-making processes...

Making and using rules

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Making and using rules Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
Rules affect us all, and the way they are made and interpreted could affect how we live. This free course, Making and using rules, explores how we...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts underpinning your...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Copyright: © Morfudd
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
The aim of this free course, Changing law: mental capacity legislation, is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops...

Seeing institutions in different ways

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Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
To help you to understand the complexity of institutional development, this free course, Seeing institutions in different ways, will present...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 May 2016
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 May 2016
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 May 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 May 2016
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 May 2016
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 May 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...