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Reaction to the deal on UK EU renegotiation

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Today [February 2nd] the EU's Donald Tusk has published proposals for a new relationship between the UK and its EU partners. The LSE collated some...

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point?

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point? Creative commons image Lydia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Putting a brake on EU migrants claiming benefits is pointless, says Clara Sandelind. The migration crisis has little to do with claims being made...

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third

Marco Rubio wins by coming in third Creative commons image Marc Nozell under CC-BY under Creative-Commons license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Rubio's third place in the Iowa caucus makes him the most successful of the Republican candidates, while Sander's close second to Clinton in the...

British food: Moving beyond crisis

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British food: Moving beyond crisis Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have supermarkets got too much power? Have we lost touch with seasonal and local food in favour of convenience choice? Our panel discuss the future...

OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016

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OpenLearn Live: 28th January 2016 Creative commons image Brocken Inaglory under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jan 2016
When the sun turns rectangular, and an update on the US Presidential election. Free learning from across the day.

Eric King and Bill Binney: Some thoughts on their interview

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Eric King and Bill Binney: Some thoughts on their interview Creative commons image Rama under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jan 2016
The OU's Ray Corrigan offers his views on the recent interview between Eric King and NSA whistleblower Bill Binney - and what it means from a...

The refugee crisis: 2016

The refugee crisis: 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: HansStolpe
Updated 14 Jan 2016
If 2015 was a year of unprecedented migration into Europe, 2016 looks set to be a year when all countries struggle to make sense of what happened -...

The refugee crisis: 2015

The refugee crisis: 2015 Creative commons image Caruso Penguin under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 14 Jan 2016
In 2015, the breakdown of the Syrian state fed into a migration crisis as European nations dealt with large numbers of people keen to find refuge....

Why has Sweden tightened its borders?

Why has Sweden tightened its borders? Copyright free image Copyright free: HansStolpe
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Jan 2016
Sweden has long been welcoming of migrants. Now, though, it's starting to take a closer look at people crossing the famous bridge from Denmark...

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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...

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

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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 84 hours Updated 22 Aug 2014
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...

Political ordering

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Political ordering Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Nationalism, self-determination and secession Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2013
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

Rights and justice in international relations

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Rights and justice in international relations Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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...

Welfare reconstruction

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Welfare reconstruction Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 20 Jul 2012
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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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’, demonstrating their relevance for understanding contemporary issues in...