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  • Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: October Films

    Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

    Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.

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  • Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan

    Dangerous Borders: A Journey across India and Pakistan Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: October Films Updated content
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    Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.
  • The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Migrationmuseum

    The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis

    By Dr Giota Alevizou

    We've shared some of the Who Are We project - but this isn't the first time the OU's academics have come together...

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    17 Aug 2017

  • The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis

    The ethics and politics of the migration and refugee crisis Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Migrationmuseum Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2017
    We've shared some of the Who Are We project - but this isn't the first time the OU's academics have come together with artists. Discover some earlier...
  • The dark side of American populism in the Trump era Creative commons image Icon Nana Gysie under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    The dark side of American populism in the Trump era

    By Dr Todd Landman

    Dr Todd Landman, of the University of Nottingham, considers the rise of the right following the fatal violence at a...

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    16 Aug 2017

  • The dark side of American populism in the Trump era

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    The dark side of American populism in the Trump era Creative commons image Icon Nana Gysie under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Aug 2017
    Dr Todd Landman, of the University of Nottingham, considers the rise of the right following the fatal violence at a extremist rally in Charlottesville at the...
  • How do you become US President? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Guerra

    How do you become US President?

    By Dr Richard Heffernan

    If you fancy the top job in US politics, Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the system.

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    16 Aug 2017

  • How do you become US President?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Aug 2017
    If you fancy the top job in US politics, Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the system.
  • Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Who We Are

    Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop

    By Agnes Czajka, Nele Vos

    Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange....

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    15 Aug 2017

  • Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop

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    Shopping for citizenship: A conversation at the Citizenshop Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Who We Are Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Aug 2017
    Nele Vos’s interactive installation, The Citizenshop, is also part of the ‘Who Are We?’ project at Tate Exchange. Agnes asked Nele what kinds of issues The...
  • How Trump's 'fire and fury' threatens to destabilise the Asian Pacific region Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Guerra

    How Trump's 'fire and fury' threatens to destabilise the Asian Pacific region

    By Genevieve Hohnen

    Donald Trump's strongman rhetoric in the face of North Korean provocations is a risk for the whole region, believes...

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    10 Aug 2017

  • How Trump's 'fire and fury' threatens to destabilise the Asian Pacific region

    How Trump's 'fire and fury' threatens to destabilise the Asian Pacific region Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Samuel Guerra New content
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    Donald Trump's strongman rhetoric in the face of North Korean provocations is a risk for the whole region, believes Genevieve Hohnen.
  • Despite sanctions, North Korea's nuclear programme is enjoying success. How? Creative commons image Icon Roman Harak under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Despite sanctions, North Korea's nuclear programme is enjoying success. How?

    By Daniel Salisbury

    Despite over a decade of sanctions, North Korea has pursued an ever-more-successful program aimed at developing...

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    09 Aug 2017

  • Despite sanctions, North Korea's nuclear programme is enjoying success. How?

    Despite sanctions, North Korea's nuclear programme is enjoying success. How? Creative commons image Icon Roman Harak under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2017
    Despite over a decade of sanctions, North Korea has pursued an ever-more-successful program aimed at developing nuclear weapons. So, asks Daniel Salisbury,...
  • What does Jacob Zuma's survival of a no-confidence vote mean? Creative commons image Icon GovernmentZA under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    What does Jacob Zuma's survival of a no-confidence vote mean?

    By Richard Calland

    Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa survived a no confidence vote. Richard Calland of the University of...

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    09 Aug 2017

  • What does Jacob Zuma's survival of a no-confidence vote mean?

    What does Jacob Zuma's survival of a no-confidence vote mean? Creative commons image Icon GovernmentZA under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Aug 2017
    Yesterday, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa survived a no confidence vote. Richard Calland of the University of Cape Town explains why Zuma's victory is...
  •  From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK Creative commons image Icon 'Paddington from Peru, the immigrant' by Tim Gillin, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    08 Aug 2017

  • From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK

     From insecurity to insecurity: Black and Ethnic Minority Europeans in the UK Creative commons image Icon 'Paddington from Peru, the immigrant' by Tim Gillin, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Aug 2017
    How can racism and xenophobia undermine democracy and the public finances?
  • Home Office rule change adds to febrile atmosphere for EU nationals in Britain Creative commons image Icon '2017-07-02_LondonImmigration' by Ungry Young Man, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Home Office rule change adds to febrile atmosphere for EU nationals in Britain

    By Anne Wesemann

    How does free movement law link up to health insurance, marriage and education? 

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  • Home Office rule change adds to febrile atmosphere for EU nationals in Britain

    Home Office rule change adds to febrile atmosphere for EU nationals in Britain Creative commons image Icon '2017-07-02_LondonImmigration' by Ungry Young Man, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
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    How does free movement law link up to health insurance, marriage and education? 

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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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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
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    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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    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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    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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    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...
  • 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...
  • 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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    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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    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
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    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    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 14 Aug 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 14 Aug 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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    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 14 Aug 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 14 Aug 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...