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What will Brexit mean for your personal finances?

What will Brexit mean for your personal finances? Copyright free image Copyright free: PublicDomainPictures New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The global economy is shuddering at the news that the UK public have voted to leave the EU. But what does it mean for your personal economy? The OU...

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Updated 24 Jun 2016
Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the...

The UK votes out: Instant reaction

The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of...

OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016 Creative commons image Kent Kanouse under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
Businesses, experts and academics react to the Leave vote. Plus, an election where nobody turned out to vote. Free learning from across the...

OpenLearn Live: 23rd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jun 2016
Did Harold Wilson get 'arold and Albert shifted to win an election? How did Britain become an island? Can you trust an ethicist? Free learning from...

OpenLearn Live: 22nd June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2016
The greatest electoral fraud in history, and learn how to digest statistics over lunch. Then more free learning across the day.

Referendum Rhetoric: keeping a-hold of nurse or leaping into the dark?

Referendum Rhetoric: keeping a-hold of nurse or leaping into the dark? Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock - Andrew Linscott New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Jun 2016
Simon Lee, Professor of Law at The Open University, discusses the rhetoric of the EU Referendum. 

OpenLearn Live: 21st June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jun 2016
The lewd drawing that swung an election, and how looking at our brains gives the lie to neurononsense. Free learrning from the OU and beyond, all...

OpenLearn Live: 20th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 20th June 2016 Creative commons image Northern Pix under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jun 2016
Discover the largest parliamentary constituency in the world.

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Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 May 2016
This free course, Constitutions in transition, explores and compares the development of four nation-state constitutions from around the world:...

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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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...

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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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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 27 Jun 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...