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Remembering Gary Slapper

Remembering Gary Slapper Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Updated 07 Dec 2016
We're sad to report that Gary Slapper - founder of the OU Law School, visiting professor at The Open University and contributor to OpenLearn and...

What is the Supreme Court's role in Brexit?

What is the Supreme Court's role in Brexit? Creative commons image M Zhu under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Dec 2016
The Supreme Court is currently hearing the case that Parliament should be involved in the decisions around triggering Article 50 and starting the...

The Italian crisis: Why has Matteo Renzi resigned - and what happens next?

The Italian crisis: Why has Matteo Renzi resigned - and what happens next? Creative commons image President Of Russia / Kremlin.ru under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Dec 2016
The defeat of proposed changes to the Italian constitution this weekend have set off a chain reaction - a Prime Minster has resigned, and Europe...

Human Rights Week

Human Rights Week Copyrighted image Copyright: Copyrighted image. Used with permission New content
Introductory level Updated 02 Dec 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and taking a closer look at...

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism?

Seeing foreigners as weird and different: What is orientalism? Copyright free image Copyright free: Francesc Darder (1851-1918) New content
Updated 30 Nov 2016
You might think we're past the point where we treated people from different cultures as something to stare at. Ingrid Piller isn't so sure.

Happy Saint Andrew's Day

Happy Saint Andrew's Day Updated content
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 30 Nov 2016
As we celebrate St Andrew's Day, the patron saint of Scotland, explore our variety of resources on Scotland's culture, society and heritage. 

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham Creative commons image deep_schismic under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
Dr Agata Lisiak, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, explores the fast-changing world of research into migration and belonging.

PodMag November 2016

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PodMag November 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 28 Nov 2016
PodMag is the monthly update of news, views and interviews from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Arts (FASS) at The Open University.

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Judges and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 31 Aug 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 26 Aug 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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Making and using rules Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Aug 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...

The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

Finding information in Society

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Introductory level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Aug 2016
This free course, Finding information in Society, will help you to identify and use information in Society, whether for your work, study or...

Climate change: island life in a volatile world

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 10 Aug 2016
What impact will global warming really have? This free course, Climate change: island life in a volatile world, examines the potential problems...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 May 2016
This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts underpinning your...

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:...

Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 84 hours Updated 26 Apr 2016
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 not only cost some 3,000 lives, they also deeply scarred the American consciousness and made a deep impact on US...

Human rights and law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 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...

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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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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 11 Dec 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...