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Percy Shelley: Polemicist

Percy Shelley: Polemicist Copyright free image Copyright free: George Stodart New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
The political writing of Percy Shelley might have a message for the UK right now, believes Mark Summers.

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list

Terrorism in Europe and beyond: A reading list Creative commons image Ronan Shenhav under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Duration 30 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
2016 has seen a number of terrorist attacks in Europe and beyond, many of which have been linked to ISIS. The last few weeks have felt especially...

OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 27th July 2016 Creative commons image EDDIE under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2016
When politicians get on the bus; the Ice Bucket Challenge money; Philae fades and newspapers must forget. Learning from across the day.

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe

Will Brexit reduce the UK's soft power in Europe Creative commons image UK in Italy under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
Without a seat at the EU table, will the UK's ability to shape Europe vanish completely? Alessio Colonnelli believes that the allure of the...

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity,...

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?

Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union? Creative commons image Hazel Nicholson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer people embraced Brexit, explains...

Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria?

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Why are caves being used as hospitals in Syria? Creative commons image Michael Hnatov/Physicians for Human Rights under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
As medical facilities become targets in the ongoing war, medics are moving into the mountains. Imogen Mathers finds out more.

Brexit: A collection

Brexit: A collection Creative commons image Diamond Geezer under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Updated 21 Jul 2016
On June 23rd, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. With that decision taken, a whole new series of questions...

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve?

What did Bernie Sanders' campaign achieve? Creative commons image Rick Obst under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Bernie Sanders has given his endorsement to his rival for the Democratic Nomination, Hillary Clinton. But could he still have an influence on the...

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in...

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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 Jul 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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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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...