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  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    By Dr Anna Plassart

    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong...

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    17 Oct 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of...
  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1 Creative commons image Icon cyocum under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    03 Oct 2017

  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Oct 2017
    How do local communities respond to the risks and opportunities of nuclear power? 
  • Methods in Motion: Challenging the Narrative

    By Dr Edward Wastnidge

    Eddie Wastnidge sets out why he believes academics like himself have a duty to challenge the biased narratives...

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    03 Oct 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Challenging the Narrative

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Oct 2017
    Eddie Wastnidge sets out why he believes academics like himself have a duty to challenge the biased narratives driving Western policy in the Middle East, and...
  • Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Banksy / under terms on Banksy's official website

    Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit

    By Eleni Andreouli

    Are we seeing the start of a new political, ideological and cultural order? Dr Eleni Andreouli weighs the evidence.

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    28 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit

    Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Banksy / under terms on Banksy's official website
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2017
    Are we seeing the start of a new political, ideological and cultural order? Dr Eleni Andreouli weighs the evidence.
  • Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it? Creative commons image Icon Stig Nygaard [Be aware the original included language some people may find offensive] under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    28 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it?

    Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it? Creative commons image Icon Stig Nygaard [Be aware the original included language some people may find offensive] under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2017
    In a political climate seemingly awash with powerful emotions, Emeritus Professor John Clarke suggests we should take stock of what people do as well as feel.
  • 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
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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
    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
    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
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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
    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

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

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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
    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.

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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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    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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    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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    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?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Oct 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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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 Oct 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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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 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 Oct 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...