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Human Rights Week

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Introductory level Updated 02 Dec 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day but here at The Open University we'll be exploring progress made in human rights and taking a closer look at...

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham

Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham Creative commons image deep_schismic under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license Updated content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
Dr Agata Lisiak, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, explores the fast-changing world of research into migration and belonging.

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history?

How did Fidel Castro shape Cuba's history? Copyright free image Copyright free: Linux_rocks New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Nov 2016
Cuba expert Mervyn Bain reflects on a one man's large influence on a small nation

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016 Creative commons image Chatham House under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
Updated 23 Nov 2016
What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.

Today’s immigration laws have teeth, and their bite is toxic for people seeking asylum

Today’s immigration laws have teeth, and their bite is toxic for people seeking asylum Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Nov 2016
The tightening of the immigration regime in the UK has made life full of uncertainty and injustice, for those seeking sanctuary in Liverpool and...

Human Rights Day

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Introductory level Updated 22 Nov 2016
10 December is Human Rights Day. As the United Nations asks everyone to stand up for someone's rights this year, use our FREE courses, podcasts and...

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election?

Attacked but not hacked: How secure was the US election? Creative commons image US Embassy The Hague under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Nov 2016
Fears that hackers might try and alter figures at the ballot boxes were unfounded - but that doesn't mean the US democratic process didn't come...

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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 26 Apr 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...

Nationalism, self-determination and secession

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Apr 2016
What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide...

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...

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...

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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
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 05 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’, demonstrating their relevance for understanding contemporary issues in...