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OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016

OpenLearn Live: 26th July 2016 Creative commons image Colin Smith under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jul 2016
Why does taking a trip between Camden and Clapham make a person legally significant? Can 34 questions predict dementia? Why do crabs wave? Free...

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe Creative commons image UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the...

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity,...

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union? Creative commons image Hazel Nicholson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer people embraced Brexit, explains...

Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

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Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds out more.

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock...

The Real Wonder Women

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The Real Wonder Women Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Take a look at 60 of the world's most influential and pioneering women over the past 100 years.

Brexit: A collection

Brexit: A collection Creative commons image Diamond Geezer under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Updated 21 Jul 2016
On June 23rd, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. With that decision taken, a whole new series of questions...

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve?

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve? Creative commons image Rick Obst under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Bernie Sanders has given his endorsement to his rival for the Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton. But could he still have an influence on the...

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in...

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The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 27 Jun 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...

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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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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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...

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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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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...