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  • Could a progressive alliance remake UK politics? Creative commons image Icon estillbham under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Could a progressive alliance remake UK politics?

    By Andy Price

    Andy Price believes that the 2017 election is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for UK politics to move beyond a...

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    25 Apr 2017

  • Could a progressive alliance remake UK politics?

    Could a progressive alliance remake UK politics? Creative commons image Icon estillbham under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
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    Andy Price believes that the 2017 election is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for UK politics to move beyond a Tory/Labour duopoly.
  • Genius of the Modern World Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Genius of the Modern World

    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.

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    Bettany Hughes explores the life and works of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud in the three part series from the OU and the BBC.
  • Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton Creative commons image Icon Atle Grimsby under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton

    Why did Liberals wave herring in the streets on polling day in 1868?

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  • Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton

    Election days: 1868 - herring and mutton Creative commons image Icon Atle Grimsby under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Why did Liberals wave herring in the streets on polling day in 1868?
  • Leaving the EU means losing access to EU agencies - so why aren't we talking about it? Creative commons image Icon Anders Sandberg under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Leaving the EU means losing access to EU agencies - so why aren't we talking about it?

    By Simon Sweeney

    Simon Sweeney surveys the possible effects of losing access to a whole range of EU agencies - and wonders why nobody...

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    24 Apr 2017

  • Leaving the EU means losing access to EU agencies - so why aren't we talking about it?

    Leaving the EU means losing access to EU agencies - so why aren't we talking about it? Creative commons image Icon Anders Sandberg under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2017
    Simon Sweeney surveys the possible effects of losing access to a whole range of EU agencies - and wonders why nobody's taking much notice
  • French Presidential Election: What have we learned from the First Round? Creative commons image Icon Mutualité Française under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    French Presidential Election: What have we learned from the First Round?

    By Professor Paul Smith

    LePen is through, but faces a challenge to overturn the lead of Emmanuel Macron, says Paul Smith.

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    24 Apr 2017

  • French Presidential Election: What have we learned from the First Round?

    French Presidential Election: What have we learned from the First Round? Creative commons image Icon Mutualité Française under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Apr 2017
    LePen is through, but faces a challenge to overturn the lead of Emmanuel Macron, says Paul Smith.
  • How will the General Election change Brexit? Creative commons image Icon European People's Party under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    How will the General Election change Brexit?

    By Dr Kathryn Simpson

    With the election now set for June, what does this mean for Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union?

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    21 Apr 2017

  • How will the General Election change Brexit?

    How will the General Election change Brexit? Creative commons image Icon European People's Party under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Apr 2017
    With the election now set for June, what does this mean for Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union?
  • Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing? Creative commons image Icon Scottish Government under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing?

    By Leslie Noble

    The challenges the election presents in Scotland may prove to be Theresa May's biggest risk, believes Will McDougall

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    20 Apr 2017

  • Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing?

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    Is Scotland going to prove Theresa May's undoing? Creative commons image Icon Scottish Government under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2017
    The challenges the election presents in Scotland may prove to be Theresa May's biggest risk, believes Will McDougall
  • How to become French President Creative commons image Icon CC BY-SA 3.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    How to become French President

    By Dr Richard Heffernan

    Dr Richard Heffernan discusses how presidential elections work in France.

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  • How to become French President

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Apr 2017
    Dr Richard Heffernan discusses how presidential elections work in France.
  • Four reasons why the election is bad for the UK Creative commons image Icon David B Young under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Four reasons why the election is bad for the UK

    By Andrew Defty

    Andrew Defty explains why, in his view, the election is better for the Conservatives than the UK as a nation.

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  • Four reasons why the election is bad for the UK

    Four reasons why the election is bad for the UK Creative commons image Icon David B Young under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    Andrew Defty explains why, in his view, the election is better for the Conservatives than the UK as a nation.
  • What does the snap election mean for Northern Ireland? Creative commons image Icon Wknight94 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What does the snap election mean for Northern Ireland?

    By Sean Swan

    The key implication of the current political direction for Northern Ireland, especially in light of a snap UK...

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  • What does the snap election mean for Northern Ireland?

    What does the snap election mean for Northern Ireland? Creative commons image Icon Wknight94 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    The key implication of the current political direction for Northern Ireland, especially in light of a snap UK election, is Direct Rule. But what form will it...

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  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
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    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and...
  • Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

    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...

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    The terrorist attacks of 9/11 not only cost some 3,000 lives, they also deeply...
  • Nationalism, self-determination and secession

    What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

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    What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free...
  • The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama

    President Obama's inauguration in 2009 seemed to herald a new era in US foreign policy and international relations. But the Bush years had left a...

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    President Obama's inauguration in 2009 seemed to herald a new era in US foreign...
  • What is politics?

    This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
    This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It...
  • Rights and justice in international relations

    Can the concept of human rights be applied across borders or are rights culturally specific? Is it realistic, or even desirable, to aim at an...

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    03 Mar 2016

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    Can the concept of human rights be applied across borders or are rights culturally...
  • Political ordering

    This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering...

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    This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how...
  • Welfare reconstruction

    This free course examines the approach adopted by Tony Blair and New Labour to welfare reconstruction in the United Kingdom. Using extracts from...

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    This free course examines the approach adopted by Tony Blair and New Labour to...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2017
    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...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 27 Apr 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    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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    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your...

    Introducing the social sciences

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module is an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social...

    Living political ideas

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    This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’,...