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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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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    19 Jan 2017

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    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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    84 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    26 Apr 2016

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    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

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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

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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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    15 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Mar 2016

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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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    13 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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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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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Feb 2016

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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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    1 hour

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    05 Feb 2016

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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 23 Feb 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    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 23 Feb 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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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    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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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    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 23 Feb 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 23 Feb 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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    Introducing the social sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Feb 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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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Feb 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’,...