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  • Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists Creative commons image Icon Oxfordian Kissuth under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists

    By Daniel Hough

    In Sunday's [24th September] election, the far-right AFD party won seats for the first time. Daniel Hough charts the...

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    25 Sep 2017

  • Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists

    Understanding the AFD: How to make sense of the far-right populists Creative commons image Icon Oxfordian Kissuth under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Sep 2017
    In Sunday's [24th September] election, the far-right AFD party won seats for the first time. Daniel Hough charts the rise of the party.
  • What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term? Creative commons image Icon President Of Russia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term?

    By Dr Patricia Hogwood

    Yesterday [24th September 2017] Angela Merkel won a fourth German Presidential election. But challenges from the...

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    25 Sep 2017

  • What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term?

    What's in store for Angela Merkel's fourth term? Creative commons image Icon President Of Russia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Yesterday [24th September 2017] Angela Merkel won a fourth German Presidential election. But challenges from the edges of politics suggests this isn't going...
  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States

    Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office?

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    It's not an unpresidented question - should poor spelling be a bar to high office? Philip Seargeant wants us to wake...

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    21 Sep 2017

  • Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office?

    Does poor spelling really make President Trump unfit for office? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Office of the President of the United States New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    It's not an unpresidented question - should poor spelling be a bar to high office? Philip Seargeant wants us to wake up and smell the covfefe.
  • Why I believe 'yes' is only a matter of time Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Why I believe 'yes' is only a matter of time

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Despite voters in 2014 choosing to stay in the United Kingdom, Gerry Mooney believes that in the long run, an...

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    19 Sep 2017

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    Why I believe 'yes' is only a matter of time Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Despite voters in 2014 choosing to stay in the United Kingdom, Gerry Mooney believes that in the long run, an Independent Scotland is inevitable. He explains...
  • Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit Creative commons image Icon David B Young under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit

    By Professor Janet Newman

    In a world that appears increasingly hostile to expertise, Janet Newman suggests ways forward – and some new...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit

    Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit Creative commons image Icon David B Young under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    In a world that appears increasingly hostile to expertise, Janet Newman suggests ways forward – and some new alliances.
  • Methods in Motion: Clashing loyalties Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Imperial War Museum

    Methods in Motion: Clashing loyalties

    By Dr Geoff Andrews

    Geoff Andrews argues that a multidisciplinary approach is key if we're to get to the heart of human vulnerabilities...

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    12 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Clashing loyalties

    Methods in Motion: Clashing loyalties Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Imperial War Museum
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    Geoff Andrews argues that a multidisciplinary approach is key if we're to get to the heart of human vulnerabilities at moments of competing loyalties.
  • An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics Creative commons image Icon Capitalism is Crisis LABOFII, by Richard Houguez, via Platform London Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics

    By Professor Jeremy Gilbert

    How are new communications technologies affecting political thought and action? Prof. Jeremy Gilbert makes a leftist...

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    05 Sep 2017

  • An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics

    An Epochal Election: welcome to the era of platform politics Creative commons image Icon Capitalism is Crisis LABOFII, by Richard Houguez, via Platform London Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Advanced level Duration 15 mins Updated 05 Sep 2017
    How are new communications technologies affecting political thought and action? Prof. Jeremy Gilbert makes a leftist analysis of what happened in the Brexit...
  • Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree? Creative commons image Icon A Peace Of London under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree?

    By Alan Shipman

    During the recent election campaign, the Tories insisted there was no such thing as a magic money tree. But, as Alan...

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    31 Aug 2017

  • Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree?

    Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree? Creative commons image Icon A Peace Of London under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2017
    During the recent election campaign, the Tories insisted there was no such thing as a magic money tree. But, as Alan Shipman explains, low bond yields might...
  • There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters Creative commons image Icon UN member states negotiated late into the night before reaching consensus on the agreed conclusions of CSW 58, by UN Women, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters

    By Charlotte O'Brien

    It has emerged that the team being sent to Brussels to lead on talks to take Britain out of the EU includes just ...

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    30 Aug 2017

  • There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters

    There’s only one woman on the UK Brexit negotiating team – here’s why that matters Creative commons image Icon UN member states negotiated late into the night before reaching consensus on the agreed conclusions of CSW 58, by UN Women, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Aug 2017
    It has emerged that the team being sent to Brussels to lead on talks to take Britain out of the EU includes just one woman – out of nine named...
  • 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
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    Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel the still-volatile border of Pakistan and India.

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  • 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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  • 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...
  • 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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    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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    03 Mar 2016

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  • 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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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...