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Society, Politics & Law 

What is politics?

This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics is. Although the question might seem rather simple, it elicits various, often contradictory responses. As you will realise, in politics as in much of the humanities and social sciences definitive answers are difficult to come by. What politics is and equally, who does it, and where it is done are hotly debated and highly contested. This OpenLearn course will introduce you to some of these debates, and their implications for the study and practice of politics.

Free course
15 hrs
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DIY: Measuring Latitude and Longitude

A step-by-step guide on how to work out your latitude and longitude, part of the BBC/OU's programme website for Rough Science 1

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Society, Politics & Law 

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes

Liz McFall and Darren Umney consider Milton Keynes' history and cultural heritage and argue that the city's bidding to be 2023 Capital of Culture matters and should be taken seriously.  

Video
25 mins

Society, Politics & Law 

What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question

In the negotiations covering the UK's departure from the EU, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has become a major problem. Here's what you need to know.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Crimes of the powerful

This free course examines the complexities of, and barriers to, setting new criminological research agendas by considering the difficulties associated with conducting research on crimes of the powerful.

Free course
2 hrs

Society, Politics & Law 

How Trump tweets

Writing shortly after Donald Trump assumed office, Dr John Jewell observed that a new role hadn't changed the President's social media behaviour.

Video
5 mins

Society, Politics & Law 

Brexiting Hub

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.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions

Academics from around the UK, including the OU's Peter Bloom, respond to the first budget of the current government.

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Society, Politics & Law 

President Trump: A collection

The first six months of his presidency have shown that - whatever your opinion of him - Donald Trump is unlike any American Preident of the modern era. Here, OU experts - and others - share their commentary on Donald Trump, and his impact on America and beyond.

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House of Lords: an audio collection

Dr Richard Heffernan discusses the past, present and future of the House of Lords.

Audio
30 mins