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  • Thirty-seven winters of discontent Creative commons image Icon Highways Agency under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license

    Thirty-seven winters of discontent

    By The OpenLearn team

    Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been...

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    14 Dec 2017

  • Thirty-seven winters of discontent

    Thirty-seven winters of discontent Creative commons image Icon Highways Agency under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2017
    Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.
  • Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Hans

    Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon?

    The President has instructed NASA to build a camp on the Moon. It might be a better idea than trying to get straight...

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    13 Dec 2017

  • Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon?

    Why has Donald Trump set his sights on the Moon? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Hans New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Dec 2017
    The President has instructed NASA to build a camp on the Moon. It might be a better idea than trying to get straight to Mars, as this New Scientist short,...
  • What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question Creative commons image Icon Michael Parry under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question

    By Edward Burke, Connal Parr

    In the negotiations covering the UK's departure from the EU, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of...

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    07 Dec 2017

  • What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question

    What do I need to know about the Irish/UK border question Creative commons image Icon Michael Parry under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Dec 2017
    In the negotiations covering the UK's departure from the EU, the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has become a major problem. Here...
  • How Trump tweets Creative commons image Icon Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How Trump tweets

    By Dr John Jewell

    Writing shortly after Donald Trump assumed office, Dr John Jewell observed that a new role hadn't changed the...

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    30 Nov 2017

  • How Trump tweets

    How Trump tweets Creative commons image Icon Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Nov 2017
    Writing shortly after Donald Trump assumed office, Dr John Jewell observed that a new role hadn't changed the President's social media behaviour.
  • The budget warns about danger ahead Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: aitoff

    The budget warns about danger ahead

    By Costas Milas, Michael Ellington

    Whether you support Britain’s exit from the EU or not, the current situation is not good news, say Michael Ellington...

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    23 Nov 2017

  • The budget warns about danger ahead

    The budget warns about danger ahead Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: aitoff
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2017
    Whether you support Britain’s exit from the EU or not, the current situation is not good news, say Michael Ellington and Costas Milas.
  • Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions

    By Dr Peter Bloom

    Academics from around the UK, including the OU's Peter Bloom, respond to the first budget of the current...

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    22 Nov 2017

  • Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions

    Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2017
    Academics from around the UK, including the OU's Peter Bloom, respond to the first budget of the current government.
  • How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box? Creative commons image Icon Facebook images copyright respective parties under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box?

    By Matt Walsh

    The 2017 election saw a stronger than foreseen performance by the Labour Party. Matt Walsh explains how Labour’s...

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    22 Nov 2017

  • How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box?

    How did Facebook likes help Labour at the ballot box? Creative commons image Icon Facebook images copyright respective parties under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Nov 2017
    The 2017 election saw a stronger than foreseen performance by the Labour Party. Matt Walsh explains how Labour’s Facebook success played out, heralding the...
  • Could a minority government be a good thing for Angela Merkel? Creative commons image Icon Photographer: Armin Kübelbeck, CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Could a minority government be a good thing for Angela Merkel?

    By Tom Quinn

    As her proposed coalition collapses, Tom Quinn asks if a different style of government might play to Angela Merkel's...

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    21 Nov 2017

  • Could a minority government be a good thing for Angela Merkel?

    Could a minority government be a good thing for Angela Merkel? Creative commons image Icon Photographer: Armin Kübelbeck, CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2017
    As her proposed coalition collapses, Tom Quinn asks if a different style of government might play to Angela Merkel's strengths
  • What's happening in Zimbabwe - and what might happen next? Creative commons image Icon President Of Russia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What's happening in Zimbabwe - and what might happen next?

    By Stephen Chan

    Messily, slowly, the Mugabe era is being dragged to a close. It's too soon for Zimbabwe to celebrate, though, warns...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    21 Nov 2017

  • What's happening in Zimbabwe - and what might happen next?

    What's happening in Zimbabwe - and what might happen next? Creative commons image Icon President Of Russia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Nov 2017
    Messily, slowly, the Mugabe era is being dragged to a close. It's too soon for Zimbabwe to celebrate, though, warns Stephen Chan.
  • Meet The Lords Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Meet The Lords

    Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and...

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    08 Nov 2017

  • Meet The Lords

    Meet The Lords Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Updated 08 Nov 2017
    Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important...

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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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    12 Dec 2017

  • Scottish courts and the law

    Scottish courts and the law Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 12 Dec 2017
    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
  • 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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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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  • China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Jan 2017
    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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    26 Apr 2016

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

    Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • 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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Apr 2016

  • Nationalism, self-determination and secession

    Nationalism, self-determination and secession Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
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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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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Mar 2016

  • The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama

    The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
    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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Mar 2016

  • What is politics?

    What is politics?
    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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    13 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    03 Mar 2016

  • Rights and justice in international relations

    Rights and justice in international relations Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 13 hours Updated 03 Mar 2016
    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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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Feb 2016

  • Political ordering

    Political ordering Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
    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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    1 hour

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    05 Feb 2016

  • Welfare reconstruction

    Welfare reconstruction Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
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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

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Creative commons image Icon Glenn Halog under CC-BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...