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One refugee's story: A long, risky journey

One refugee's story: A long, risky journey New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2015
Public Radio Internation tells the story of Thair Orfahli's journey from war-riddled Syria to Munich.

What's the difference between a refugee, an asylum seeker and an economic migrant?

What's the difference between a refugee, an asylum seeker and an economic migrant? Creative commons image Credit: Takver under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Sep 2015
They're all people on the move, but their motivations for travel can differ. Jan Semmelroggen explains the differences.

Have we got Wonga wrong? A defence of payday loans

Have we got Wonga wrong? A defence of payday loans Creative commons image Credit: The Network for Police Monitoring under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 03 Sep 2015
The case against payday lenders has been made solidly over the last few years, and some have tried to clean up their businesses. Christopher Mallon...

Strangers on a train platform: Refugees feel the hostility of Hungary

Strangers on a train platform: Refugees feel the hostility of Hungary Copyright free image Credit: Alan Ford New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Sep 2015
Budapest's Keleti Station has become the latest unexpected frontline for the humanitarian crisis unfolding across Europe. The political atmosphere...

Fair shares? Why sharing needs a democratic revolution

Fair shares? Why sharing needs a democratic revolution Creative commons image Credit: David Hawgood under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Sep 2015
The sharing economy is in danger of becoming dominated by Silicon Valley. That needs to change, says Chris Martin.

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis Creative commons image Credit: Jörg Rüger under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Nine leading academics were given the chance to put their questions to the man who - for six months - was Greece's finance minister. Here's what...

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales

Language on the move: Migrating literature and Zachary Richard’s Cajun tales Creative commons image Credit: Jeangagnon under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Aug 2015
The musician and poet Zachary Richard has kept the Cajun tradition alive. But how has the migration of his stories affected them? Mathilde Köstler...

Small Data: Summer petrol prices

Small Data: Summer petrol prices Creative commons image Credit: Albert Bridge under CC-BY-SA licence Updated content
Updated 27 Aug 2015
It's August - and many families will be heading off soon on summer holidays. But how has the cost of petrol changed over the last ten years?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack?

Who is in the wrong in the Ashley Madison hack? Creative commons image Credit: Quinn Dombrowski under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2015
Hackers have exposed the details of millions of users of a site designed to help married people cheat. Nobody comes out of the story looking...

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Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Credit: © Richard D Kaplan
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
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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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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 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 04 Sep 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...