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    18 Apr 2018

  • History offers Britain an important lesson on shutting down immigration

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    Britain’s struggle to come to terms with immigration is starting to look like a case of history repeating itself argues Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr...
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    03 May 2018

  • Six ways Sajid Javid can make British migration policy more humane

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 May 2018
    Britain's new home secretary Sajid Javid has announced his plan to make the British immigration system less hostile and more humane. 
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    United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21

    By Professor Joe Smith

    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate...

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    24 Apr 2018

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    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 24 Apr 2018
    This interactive map is a world first. It gives you the chance to explore a major international meeting on climate change as if you were there. 
  • Review: Europe Reset

    By Richard Berry

    In Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU, Richard Youngs looks at the issue of democracy in Europe, identifying a...

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    18 Apr 2018

  • Review: Europe Reset

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    In Europe Reset: New Directions for the EU, Richard Youngs looks at the issue of democracy in Europe, identifying a crisis rooted in alienation from the...
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    18 Apr 2018

  • Windrush generation latest to be stripped of their rights in the name of 'migration control'

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Apr 2018
    It’s urgent that those affected are returned the rights they have been denied and compensation is paid. But this is not enough, argues Dr Tendayi...
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    13 Apr 2018

  • What does Brexit mean for UK housing?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2018
    Will Brexit and a decline in EU immigration ease the current housing crisis? 
  • Will the Scottish government have more power after Brexit?

    Are powers currently held by the EU likely to be adopted by Westminster or devolved to other parts of...

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  • Will the Scottish government have more power after Brexit?

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    Are powers currently held by the EU likely to be adopted by Westminster or devolved to other parts of the UK?
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    11 Apr 2018

  • Will Scottish politicians have a say over the Brexit Deal?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Apr 2018
    Experts analyse the influence the Scottish Parliament could have in deciding a post-Brexit future. 
  • How might Brexit shape the Scottish economy?

    Leading experts analyse how Brexit may change the Scotish economy and how the fall in the value of the pound is...

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    10 Apr 2018

  • How might Brexit shape the Scottish economy?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2018
    Leading experts analyse how Brexit may change the Scotish economy and how the fall in the value of the pound is good news for exporters, but bad news...

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  • The Scottish Parliament and law making

    This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the...

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    This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making...
  • 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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    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
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    Social psychology and politics

    Why are social psychologists interested in politics, and how can they help us understand things like social movements, protest and activism? This...

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    11 Jul 2017

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity

    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. This...

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    08 Jun 2017

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    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or...
  • 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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    This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and...
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    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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    The terrorist attacks of 9/11 not only cost some 3,000 lives, they also deeply...
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    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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    14 Apr 2016

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    What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free...
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    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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    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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    07 Mar 2016

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    This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It...
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    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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    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...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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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    Certificate of Higher Education Open
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...