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Mass surveillance just doesn’t work

Mass surveillance just doesn’t work Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 10 Dec 2014
Are the government's plans (or hopes) to collect information on everyone and everything infeasible? 

Why the message of The Hunger Games films is dangerous

Why the message of The Hunger Games films is dangerous Copyrighted image Credit: Lionsgate New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Dec 2014
The mass uprising against a tyrannical regime depicted in The Hunger Games is a reality in some countries, but can the results be devastating? 

Eric Hobsbawm and MI5

Eric Hobsbawm and MI5 Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 02 Dec 2014
He was an increasingly isolated figure, regarded at the time with a contempt and hostility from some Party apparatchiks that exceeded even MI5...

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals

Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals Copyrighted image Credit: Flynt | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
Enabling the police to identify who is using a digital device at any time won't catch up with the more advanced criminals, writes Andrew Smith....

Futurium

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
Digital agenda for Europe.

The Great British Bee Count

The Great British Bee Count Copyrighted image Credit: Friends of the Earth Trust / Limited
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
Be part of the generation that saves the bees.

D-CENT

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2014
Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies.

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Anne Hathaway's space movie puts engineers and scientists at the heart of the story - but is let down by an American colonialist message, says...

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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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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,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Aug 2014
Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales. Centuries of development and growth have been influenced by...

Political ordering

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Political ordering Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
This unit asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Beginning from an...

Innovation, markets and industrial change

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Innovation, markets and industrial change Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
How does a firm emerge as ‘leader of the pack’? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This unit...

Information technology: A new era?

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Information technology: A new era? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have...

Living and working in the new economy

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Living and working in the new economy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the...

Criminology beyond crime

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Criminology beyond crime
Masters level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Jan 2014
This unit examines the notion of 'social harm' as an alternative to the legal definition of 'crime'. To illustrate this concept, the unit considers...

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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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...