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Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia

Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia Copyright free image Credit: US Military / Public domain New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
President Obama's visit to Ethiopia starts today [28th July 2015] - but, say some Africans and others, it's a visit that should never have happened...

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's "snub"

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's Creative commons image Credit: Pete Souza / Official White House photo under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
While crowds came out in force for President Obama's visit to Kenya, some Nigerians were pleased that he'd decided not to add their nation to his...

Jeremy Corbyn: Not a totally fantastic economist

Jeremy Corbyn: Not a totally fantastic economist Creative commons image Credit: See Li under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jul 2015
Jeremy Corbyn is fighting for the Labour leadership with an economic programme tempered by realism, says Alan Shipman

Learning to be citizens

Learning to be citizens Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jul 2015
The goverment has recently highlighted that students are learning to be terrorists while at university; this article takes an opposing view and...

What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis

What Greece can learn from Africa about the effects of austerity after a debt crisis Creative commons image Credit: Sinn Fein under CC-BY licence New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jul 2015
Greece - and other nations whose debt problems are not so far less extreme - could do well to understand the African experience, argues Ian Scoones.

Gladstone and the Liberal Party

Gladstone and the Liberal Party Copyright free image Credit: John Jabez Edwin Mayall New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
In 1868, as the Liberals in the Commons reunited and the influence of Palmerston and Wallace became history, the man who untied the factions was...

Plato's Philosopher Kings

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Plato's Philosopher Kings Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, digs deeper into democracy and proposes philosophers would be great leaders. 

Does an invisible hand guide the economy?

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Does an invisible hand guide the economy? Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Jul 2015
This short animation, narrated by Aidan Turner, looks at the metaphor of the 'invisible hand' engineers the economy. 

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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...

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...

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,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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...

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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 28 Jul 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 28 Jul 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 28 Jul 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 28 Jul 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...