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  • Grenfell Tower Timeline: Was the disaster inevitable?

    A total of 72 lives were lost in the Grenfell disaster and anger has grown amongst local residents towards their...

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    19 Oct 2018

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    A total of 72 lives were lost in the Grenfell disaster and anger has grown amongst local residents towards their council.
  • Grenfell: a site of contempt

    By Prof Steve Tombs

    A decision to save £293,000 led to the loss of 72 lives and some former residents of Grenfell Tower are still...

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    19 Oct 2018

  • Grenfell: a site of contempt

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Oct 2018
    A decision to save £293,000 led to the loss of 72 lives and some former residents of Grenfell Tower are still struggling to get the help they need. 
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    Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop

    By Agnes Czajka, Nele Vos

    Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange....

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    18 Sep 2018

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    Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange. Agnes asked Nele what kinds of issues The...
  • Everyday encounters with slavery

    By Dr Helen Yanacopulos

    What forms can modern slavery take? How do we encounter it in our daily lives and if we do, what should we do about...

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    11 Sep 2018

  • Everyday encounters with slavery

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    What forms can modern slavery take? How do we encounter it in our daily lives and if we do, what should we do about it?
  • Was it right to hold a Referendum on Brexit?

    By Dr Peter Wood

    Explore your opinions alongside experts and other learners, to see whether a vote to leave the EU...

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    30 Aug 2018

  • Was it right to hold a Referendum on Brexit?

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    Explore your opinions alongside experts and other learners, to see whether a vote to leave the EU should have taken place.
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    28 Aug 2018

  • Brexit's two tribes: can they be brought together?

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2018
    Is there a third way that the country can unite around?
  • Northern Ireland’s dance to the music of time of Brexit

    By Dr Leslie Budd

    A Brexit settlement is dependent on Northern Ireland and Dr Leslie Budd discusses the complexed border issue.

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    23 Aug 2018

  • Northern Ireland’s dance to the music of time of Brexit

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Aug 2018
    A Brexit settlement is dependent on Northern Ireland and Dr Leslie Budd discusses the complexed border issue.
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    22 Aug 2018

  • Brexit: What’s this fine mess you’ve gotten us into? (Apologies to Laurel and Hardy)

    Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Aug 2018
    It's been over two years since the UK voted to leave the EU. What's the current situation with Brexit? Professor Norman Clark provides an update.
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    21 Aug 2018

  • The hostile environment for immigrants is drawn from a well of taken-for-granted assumptions

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2018
    Are vulnerable citizens being neglected by the elite who can decide their fate? Dave Middleton investigates.
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    15 Aug 2018

  • International health service: How the NHS has always relied on overseas labour

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Aug 2018
    Potential NHS staff from outside of European Economic Area (EEA) will shortly find it easier to secure permission to work in the UK. Yet doctors...

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    Art and the Mexican Revolution

    In this free course, Art and the Mexican Revolution, you will explore one of Diego Rivera’s key murals which was commissioned by the Mexican...

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    Human rights and law

    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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    Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do...
  • From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?

    This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a...

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    This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of...
  • The Scottish Parliament and law making

    This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the...

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  • Scottish courts and the law

    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and purpose of the courts in Scotland and their relationship with the...

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    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
  • Introduction to law in Wales

    This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview...

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  • Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period

    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one imminent) over European society during the 1920s and 1930s, this free...

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    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one...
  • Introduction to European Union law

    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad overview of the legal framework, including historic dimension, the...

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    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad...
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    National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity...

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    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
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    Social psychology and politics

    Why are social psychologists interested in politics, and how can they help us understand things like social movements, protest and activism? This...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences
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    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
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    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
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    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Oct 2018
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...