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OpenLearn Live: 30th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2016
The actor who couldn't turn cinematic gold into political success; views of Trumpton from academia; and Dolly The Sheep remembered. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 29th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Jun 2016
The journalist who investigated his party's popularity and promptly closed it down, and a Brexit round-up. Free learning from across the day.

OpenLearn Live: 28th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jun 2016
The American President who created his own party. Then more free learning through the day.

How did the referendum polls get it wrong - again?

How did the referendum polls get it wrong - again? Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
John Curtice explains why a clear prediction of the referendum result proved so elusive for many pollsters.

Spain steels itself for another election after months with no government

Spain steels itself for another election after months with no government Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
As Spain fails to deliver a majority government discover how this happened and what this now means for the country.

OpenLearn Live: 27th June 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jun 2016
The musician who aimed to take a mop to power; Hubble gets another five years of star gazing. Free learning from across the day.

What will Brexit mean for your personal finances?

What will Brexit mean for your personal finances? Copyright free image Copyright free: PublicDomainPictures New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The global economy is shuddering at the news that the UK public have voted to leave the EU. But what does it mean for your personal economy? The OU...

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
Updated 24 Jun 2016
Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the...

The UK votes out: Instant reaction

The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of...

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?

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China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 08 Apr 2016
This free course explores the relationship between China and the United States and analyses whether China’s rapid rise will lead to greater...

The USA, power and international order: Foreign policy under Obama

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Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 08 Mar 2016
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...

What is politics?

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What is politics?
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

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 03 Mar 2016
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...

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 24 Feb 2016
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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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
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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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 24 Feb 2016
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

Welfare reconstruction

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 05 Feb 2016
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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 30 Jun 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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 01 Jul 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...