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  • Meet The Lords Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Meet The Lords

    Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important...

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    30 Mar 2017

  • Meet The Lords

    Meet The Lords Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC Updated content
    Updated 30 Mar 2017
    Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important...
  • Pulling the trigger on Article 50 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.

    Pulling the trigger on Article 50

    By Anne Wesemann

    What does triggering Article 50 mean? With it looming on the horizon, Anne Wesemann explains its role in the...

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    20 Mar 2017

  • Pulling the trigger on Article 50

    Pulling the trigger on Article 50 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0. New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    What does triggering Article 50 mean? With it looming on the horizon, Anne Wesemann explains its role in the proceedings.
  • How to withdraw from the European Union Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How to withdraw from the European Union

    By Anne Wesemann

    Theresa May is triggering Article 50 next week. So what is Article 50 and what does triggering it actually mean? Anne...

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    20 Mar 2017

  • How to withdraw from the European Union

    How to withdraw from the European Union Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    Theresa May is triggering Article 50 next week. So what is Article 50 and what does triggering it actually mean? Anne Wesemann explains. 
  • Negotiating trade deals Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime - Dwnld777

    Negotiating trade deals

    By Dr Peter Bloom

    Peter Bloom tells us how negotiation of trade deals between nations and regions remain a crucial part of contemporary...

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    16 Mar 2017

  • Negotiating trade deals

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2017
    Peter Bloom tells us how negotiation of trade deals between nations and regions remain a crucial part of contemporary economics and politics.
  • What is National Insurance and what is it used for? Creative commons image Icon By comedy_nose via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license

    What is National Insurance and what is it used for?

    By Jonquil Lowe

    Before Phillip Hammond backed down on his plans to change National Insurance rates for the self-employed, the OU's...

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    15 Mar 2017

  • What is National Insurance and what is it used for?

    What is National Insurance and what is it used for? Creative commons image Icon By comedy_nose via Flickr under Creative Commons license under Creative-Commons license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 Mar 2017
    Before Phillip Hammond backed down on his plans to change National Insurance rates for the self-employed, the OU's Jonquil Lowe explored why the proposals...
  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    By John R Campbell

    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.

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    14 Mar 2017

  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.
  • IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection

    After the Brexit vote, there are gathering calls for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. What might that mean...

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    14 Mar 2017

  • IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection

    IndyRef2?: A Scottish Referendum collection Creative commons image Icon Kyoshi Masamune under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    After the Brexit vote, there are gathering calls for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. What might that mean for Scotland, the UK and Europe?
  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    By Nick McKerrell

    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot...

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    14 Mar 2017

  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot box, the proposal would have to...
  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    By Gabriella Legrenzi

    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by...

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    13 Mar 2017

  • Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days?

    Has Donald Trump improved the US economy in fifty days? Creative commons image Icon Steven Depolo under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2017
    Donald Trump is proudly acclaiming his great economic data. But is he actually enjoying a boom handed to him by President Obama? Gabriella Legrenzi considers...
  • Budget 2017: Instant reactions Creative commons image Icon Philip Hammond under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Budget 2017: Instant reactions

    By Jonquil Lowe

    Academics from around the UK share their first impressions of Philip Hammond's first budget.

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    08 Mar 2017

  • Budget 2017: Instant reactions

    Budget 2017: Instant reactions Creative commons image Icon Philip Hammond under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Mar 2017
    Academics from around the UK share their first impressions of Philip Hammond's first budget.

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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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  • Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

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    Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths Copyrighted image Icon 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...
  • 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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Mar 2016

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    Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Mar 2016
    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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    13 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    03 Mar 2016

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    Rights and justice in international relations Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
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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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    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 24 Mar 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 24 Mar 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 24 Mar 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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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Mar 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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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Mar 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your...

    Introducing the social sciences

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    Introducing the social sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module is an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social...

    Living political ideas

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This exciting course considers the ways in which political ideas ‘live’,...