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The permanently upturned economy

The permanently upturned economy Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jun 2015
The Chancellor’s confidence that he can outlaw budget deficits reflects improbably widespread belief in the length and strength of recovery, writes...

How Amelia Mauresmo smashed the glass wall

How Amelia Mauresmo smashed the glass wall Creative commons image Credit: Carine06 under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2015
Andy Murray has confirmed that his coach Amelia Mauresmo will be at his side for Wimbledon 2015, and that expecting her first child in August won't...

Sacred and secular: How to research a blog post

Sacred and secular: How to research a blog post Creative commons image Credit: Gordon Giles under CC-BY-ND-2.5 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 22 Jun 2015
Find out about the sacred and secular project and how to research law and religion cases for your blog posts on the subject. 

The Laurie Taylor interviews

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The Laurie Taylor interviews Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Updated 19 Jun 2015
Why does Laurie Taylor think sociology is important? What advice does he have for our students? In this series of videos the Thinking...

Laurie Taylor interview: Why is there such a gap between politics and academic findings?

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Laurie Taylor interview: Why is there such a gap between politics and academic findings? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
Social Sciences student, David Sutton asked Laurie Taylor: "Why is there such a gap between politics/policy and academic findings and what can do...

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Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Credit: © Richard D Kaplan Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2015
This free course focuses on the topic of modern slavery. It is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights...

The law-making process in England and Wales

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The law-making process in England and Wales Creative commons image Credit: Recardo Andre Frantz in Wikipedia made available under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law and law-making process in England and Wales. It...

Economics and the 2008 crisis: a Keynesian view

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Economics and the 2008 crisis: a Keynesian view Copyrighted image Credit: Mark Henley
Intermediate level Duration 28 hours Updated 08 Jun 2015
This free course, Economics and the 2008 crisis: a Keynesian view, looks at how Keynes’s theories revolutionised thinking about the causes of...

What is politics?

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What is politics?
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Jun 2015
This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer than previous generations. This is...

Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

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Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency Copyright free image Credit: Copyright © Sam Scott-Hunter/Photofusion (Jaguar 32785)
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Feb 2015
This OpenLearn course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Credit: © Morfudd
Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of the unit is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops to address those problems. It uses the evolution of...

Privacy rights and the law

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Privacy rights and the law Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
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...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Exploring the boundaries of international law Copyright free image Credit: © 2012 The Open University. All rights reserved
Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Jul 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...