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  • How should we read Donald Trump's first Presidential speech? Creative commons image Icon Lorie Shaull under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    How should we read Donald Trump's first Presidential speech?

    By Andrew Hines

    On January 20th, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Andrew Hines takes a closer look at...

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  • How should we read Donald Trump's first Presidential speech?

    How should we read Donald Trump's first Presidential speech? Creative commons image Icon Lorie Shaull under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jan 2017
    On January 20th, Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Andrew Hines takes a closer look at what his speech at the inauguration might...
  • President Trump: A collection Creative commons image Icon Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    President Trump: A collection

    The first hours of his presidency confirmed that - whatever your opinion of him - Donald Trump is unlike any American...

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  • President Trump: A collection

    President Trump: A collection Creative commons image Icon Michael Vadon under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
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    The first hours of his presidency confirmed that - whatever your opinion of him - Donald Trump is unlike any American Preident of the modern era. Here, OU...
  • What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What impact will Trump's victory have on international politics?

    By Dr Tendayi Bloom, Dr Edward Wastnidge, Dr William Brown

    OU academics from the Department of Politics and International Studies discuss the impact of Donald Trump's election...

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 20 Jan 2017
    OU academics from the Department of Politics and International Studies discuss the impact of Donald Trump's election victory on international politics and...
  • What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Creative commons image Icon American Embassy in London under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans?

    By Patricia Hogwood

    Theresa May outlined the UK's approach for the Brexit negotiations. How did he counterparts around the rest of the...

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  • What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Includes explicit content

    What did Europe make of Theresa May's Brexit plans? Creative commons image Icon American Embassy in London under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license New content
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    Theresa May outlined the UK's approach for the Brexit negotiations. How did he counterparts around the rest of the continent react?
  • Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech

    By Dr Paul James Cardwell

    Yesterday, Theresa May finally gave a glimpse into her government's plans for how the UK will leave the EU. Dr Paul...

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  • Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech

    Understanding Theresa May's Brexit speech Creative commons image Icon Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Yesterday, Theresa May finally gave a glimpse into her government's plans for how the UK will leave the EU. Dr Paul James Cardwell considers what we heard.
  • Chelsea Manning: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon Stephen Melkisethian under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Chelsea Manning: An OpenLearn reading list

    As one of the last acts of his presidency, Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence and she will be...

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  • Chelsea Manning: An OpenLearn reading list

    Chelsea Manning: An OpenLearn reading list Creative commons image Icon Stephen Melkisethian under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
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    As one of the last acts of his presidency, Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence and she will be released from prison within weeks. We've...
  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal Creative commons image Icon John Allan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

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    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts...

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    17 Jan 2017

  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

    Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal Creative commons image Icon John Allan under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jan 2017
    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts negotiations to leave the EU.
  • Donald Trump, President elect: A collection Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Donald Trump, President elect: A collection

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    This Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Experts from the OU and...

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  • Donald Trump, President elect: A collection

    Donald Trump, President elect: A collection Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
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    This Friday, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Experts from the OU and beyond share their insights into the man -...
  • Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union? Creative commons image Icon Ian Brown from Salzburg under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union?

    By Pol Morillas

    As the UK prepares to leave, should the EU remake itself? Pol Morillas believes it's time for the Union to adopt a...

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  • Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union?

    Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union? Creative commons image Icon Ian Brown from Salzburg under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jan 2017
    As the UK prepares to leave, should the EU remake itself? Pol Morillas believes it's time for the Union to adopt a more flexible approach.
  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    By Dr Marc Cornock

    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care...

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  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com Updated content
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    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.

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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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    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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  • 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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    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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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’,...