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Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis

Question Time for Yanis Varoufakis Creative commons image Credit: Jörg Rüger under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Aug 2015
Nine leading academics were given the chance to put their questions to the man who - for six months - was Greece's finance minister. Here's what...

The Labour Party purges

The Labour Party purges Creative commons image Credit: World Economic Forum under CC-BY-NC-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
The UK Labour party is cancelling the memberships of significant numbers of people who joined in order to vote in its leadership election - and...

The moderate authoritarians: Labour's soft middle gets tough

The moderate authoritarians: Labour's soft middle gets tough Creative commons image Credit: stopwar.org.uk under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
The purge of Labour supporters to weed out extremists, real and imagined, shows that even moderates can be authoritarian, says Peter Bloom.

Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Goal-setting for a better world: Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda Creative commons image Credit: DFID under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2015
The 2000 Millennium Goals set targets, aspiring to make the world a better place. As we reach the end of the year by which they were to be achieved...

When Heath met Nixon

When Heath met Nixon Copyright free image Credit: Heath: Public Domain US Department of Defense / Nixon: Public Domain White House / Kissinger: Public Domain US News & World Report
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 12 Aug 2015
This declassified memo records the conversations between the UK Prime Minister and US President in December 1971.

A moment of zen: Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show Includes explicit content

A moment of zen: Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show Copyright free image Credit: Pete Souza for The White House
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
For sixteen years, Jon Stewart has provided a sardonic running commentary on US politics on The Daily Show. Julia Fox explains how a basic-cable...

The US Presedential Election 2016: The first GOP debate

The US Presedential Election 2016: The first GOP debate Creative commons image Credit: Gage Skidmore under CC-BY-SA licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
The first televised debate amongst those hoping to lead the Republican Party into next year's Presedential Election brought a crowded podium and a...

Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia

Africans tell Obama: Don't go to Ethiopia Copyright free image Credit: US Military / Public domain
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
President Obama's visit to Ethiopia starts today [28th July 2015] - but, say some Africans and others, it's a visit that should never have happened...

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's "snub"

Some Nigerans were delighted by Obama's Creative commons image Credit: Pete Souza / Official White House photo under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
While crowds came out in force for President Obama's visit to Kenya, some Nigerians were pleased that he'd decided not to add their nation to his...

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What is politics?

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What is politics?
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Jun 2015
This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

Political ordering

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Political ordering Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
This unit asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Beginning from an...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Nationalism, self-determination and secession Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
What makes a ‘nation’ and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This unit will provide you with an introduction to studying political ideas by...

Rights and justice in international relations

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Rights and justice in international relations Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 13 hours Updated 24 Aug 2012
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...

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

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The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Aug 2012
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...

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

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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 84 hours Updated 05 Sep 2011
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...

Welfare reconstruction

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Welfare reconstruction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 26 May 2011
This unit examines the approach adopted by Tony Blair and New Labour to welfare reconstruction in the United Kingdom. Using extracts from speeches...

Wales: Culture and identity

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Wales: Culture and identity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Mar 2011
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’, demonstrating their relevance for understanding contemporary issues in...