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    01 Aug 2018

  • History offers Britain an important lesson on shutting down immigration

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Aug 2018
    Britain’s struggle to come to terms with immigration is starting to look like a case of history repeating itself argues Dr Tendayi Bloom and Dr...
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  • Where does the law stand on universities being quizzed about what they teach about Brexit?

    Where does the law stand on universities being quizzed about what they teach about Brexit? New content
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    Earlier this year Conservative MP Chris Heaton-Harris requested Univeristy course documents on Brexit from Vice Chancellors. Is this legal? Anne Wesemann...
  • Why is a second referendum not as simple as it sounds?

    By Kenneth Armstrong

    For some, the idea of passing Brexit back to the UK electorate to have a final verdict on any deal has its...

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    23 Jul 2018

  • Why is a second referendum not as simple as it sounds?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Jul 2018
    For some, the idea of passing Brexit back to the UK electorate to have a final verdict on any deal has its attractions. But, warns Kenneth Armstrong, there's...
  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

    By Richard Bronk

    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which...

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    19 Jul 2018

  • Trump and Brexit: What do they owe to economists?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Jul 2018
    The reasons for the Trump phenomenon and Brexit vote are many and various, but have we overlooked ways in which standard economics, by failing to take...
  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    By Paola Conconi

    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure...

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    19 Jul 2018

  • Why do multinationals hope for a customs union?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jul 2018
    In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly, but in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola...
  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory...

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    18 Jul 2018

  • Why does behavioural economics point to a hard Brexit?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jul 2018
    Alan Shipman says the signs are that the UK will exit the EU without any measures to soften the blow. Prospect Theory explains why this might be.
  • How London got its Victorian sewers

    By Bob Everett

    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But...

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    16 Jul 2018

  • How London got its Victorian sewers

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    The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer is a documentary series describing a major upgrade to London’s sewer network. But how did the existing system come into...
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    The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs?

    This is the story of a legal fight which saw doctors, activists and AIDS charities battle for PrEP on the NHS. Catch up...

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    02 Jul 2018

  • The People vs the NHS: Who Gets the Drugs?

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    This is the story of a legal fight which saw doctors, activists and AIDS charities battle for PrEP on the NHS. Catch up now on iPlayer.
  • What does 'settled status' for EU citizens mean?

    By Adrienne Yong

    There are millions of EU citizens living in the UK - most have UK citizenship as well, but many do not. What does...

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  • What does 'settled status' for EU citizens mean?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jun 2018
    There are millions of EU citizens living in the UK - most have UK citizenship as well, but many do not. What does settled status mean for them?  
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    25 Jun 2018

  • Airbus and Brexit: What do you need to know?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jun 2018
    Mark Johnson explains the relationship between Airbus, Britain and Brexit.

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  • From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?

    This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of Brexit in the context of the UK. It first analyses Brexit as a...

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    This free course, From Brexit to the break-up of Britain?, sets the experience of...
  • The Scottish Parliament and law making

    This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the...

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    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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    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
  • Introduction to law in Wales

    This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview...

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    19 Feb 2018

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    This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the...
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    Human rights and law

    Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do these rights come from and how did they develop? This free...

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    Human rights now seem to take precedent over many areas of our lives, but where do...
  • Roaring Twenties? Europe in the interwar period

    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one imminent) over European society during the 1920s and 1930s, this free...

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    While recognising the shadows cast by two world wars (one concluded and one...
  • Introduction to European Union law

    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad overview of the legal framework, including historic dimension, the...

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    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad...
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    National identity in Britain and Ireland, 1780–1840

    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how have they developed over time? This free course, National identity...

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    25 Jul 2017

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    What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘state’? Where have these ideas come from and how...
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    Social psychology and politics

    Why are social psychologists interested in politics, and how can they help us understand things like social movements, protest and activism? This...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    11 Jul 2017

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity

    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. This...

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    08 Jun 2017

  • Sexual orientation and gender identity

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    Sexual orientation and gender identity
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    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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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?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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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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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
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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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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
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    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
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    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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