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Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation?

Immigration detention: what's the problem with privatisation? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Apr 2016
Who's profitting from the misery of the detainees? This article questions the issue of privatisation in Immigration Removal Centres.

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters?

Is the UK media failing Welsh voters? Creative commons image John Lord under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Apr 2016
With elections for the welsh Assembly taking place in a fortnight, are voters getting a clear picture?

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots

Scotland Votes 2016: Campaign snapshots Creative commons image First Minister Of Scotland under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
On May 5th, Scotland votes in a parliamentary election. Here's a quick round-up of what's happening on the campaign.

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election?

New York Minutes: What do the NY primaries tell us about the 2016 Presidential election? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
Last night [19th April] the voters of New York took their turn to choose candidates for the 2016 Presidential Election. What did their activity...

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico?

Would Donald Trump's wall work to reduce migration from Mexico? Copyright free image Copyright free: US Department of Defense / Staff Sgt. Dan Heaton, U.S. Air Force. New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Apr 2016
One of the central planks of Donald Trump's campaign for President has been the pledge to build a wall between the US and Mexico. In a personal...

What is happening in Brazil?

What is happening in Brazil? Creative commons image Dilma Rousseff -- photo by Roberto Stuckert Filho under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The Brazilian Parliament voted on Sunday [17th April 2016] to begin impeachment proceedings against the nation's president. How did it come to this?

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou explains why. 

True stories of the 1975 EEC Referendum

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True stories of the 1975 EEC Referendum Creative commons image
Duration 2 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
As the UK prepares to vote on our future in Europe, what happened last time the public was asked? We've dug through the archives to find some...

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Updated 07 Apr 2016
Start here for some general information about the UK's upcoming EU Referendum.

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder?

Why has reaching the Chinese internet audience just got a little harder? Creative commons image 陈 少举 under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2016
The Chinese State is tightening rules on how foreign organisations reach its citizens online. Oiwan Lam explains.

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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...

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

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
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...

What is politics?

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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 is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

Rights and justice in international relations

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Rights and justice in international relations Copyrighted image 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 specific? Is it realistic, or even desirable, to aim at an...

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

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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 84 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
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...

Political ordering

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

Welfare reconstruction

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 05 Feb 2016
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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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 29 Apr 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...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Apr 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 27 Apr 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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

You and your money: personal finance in context

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You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...

Introducing the social sciences

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Introducing the social sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module is an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and...

Living political ideas

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Living political ideas Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Apr 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’, demonstrating their relevance for understanding contemporary issues in...