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  • After Manchester: Pause, and carry on Creative commons image Icon guitarfish under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    After Manchester: Pause, and carry on

    By Andy Price

    The terror attack in Manchester has brought a temporary halt to the 2017 General Election campaign. But when politics...

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    24 May 2017

  • After Manchester: Pause, and carry on

    After Manchester: Pause, and carry on Creative commons image Icon guitarfish under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 May 2017
    The terror attack in Manchester has brought a temporary halt to the 2017 General Election campaign. But when politics resumes, we're going to have to face...
  • Why is the Conservative manifesto the mark of a brave Prime Minister? Creative commons image Icon Jay Allen / Crown Copyright / Number 10 Flickr account under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Why is the Conservative manifesto the mark of a brave Prime Minister?

    By Louise Thompson

    There's not much sweetness in the Tory manifesto. Is Theresa May brave, confident - or a mixture of both? Louise...

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    22 May 2017

  • Why is the Conservative manifesto the mark of a brave Prime Minister?

    Why is the Conservative manifesto the mark of a brave Prime Minister? Creative commons image Icon Jay Allen / Crown Copyright / Number 10 Flickr account under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 May 2017
    There's not much sweetness in the Tory manifesto. Is Theresa May brave, confident - or a mixture of both? Louise Thompson considers.
  • How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote? Creative commons image Icon Number 10 under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote?

    By Rakib Ehsan

    Traditionally, Labour has been able to count on support from British Indians - but not any more. Rakib Ehsan asks:...

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    18 May 2017

  • How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote?

    How have the Conservatives overtaken Labour for the British Indian vote? Creative commons image Icon Number 10 under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2017
    Traditionally, Labour has been able to count on support from British Indians - but not any more. Rakib Ehsan asks: what's changed?
  • Is a landslide dangerous for Theresa May? Creative commons image Icon Sherri Terris under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Is a landslide dangerous for Theresa May?

    By Benjamin Martill

    Mo' members, mo' problems? Could a large majority bring a downside for Theresa May? Perhaps, warns Benjamin Martill.

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    18 May 2017

  • Is a landslide dangerous for Theresa May?

    Is a landslide dangerous for Theresa May? Creative commons image Icon Sherri Terris under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 May 2017
    Mo' members, mo' problems? Could a large majority bring a downside for Theresa May? Perhaps, warns Benjamin Martill.
  • However you feel about it, Labour's manifesto offers a choice Creative commons image Icon Gwydion M. Williams under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    However you feel about it, Labour's manifesto offers a choice

    By Ben Williams

    Labour's pitch to the voters is an answer to claims that the main parties are all the same, says Ben Williams.

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    17 May 2017

  • However you feel about it, Labour's manifesto offers a choice

    However you feel about it, Labour's manifesto offers a choice Creative commons image Icon Gwydion M. Williams under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 May 2017
    Labour's pitch to the voters is an answer to claims that the main parties are all the same, says Ben Williams.
  • No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation

    By Dr Volker Patent

    The psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics, in a series of articles by Volker Patent. In this first article,...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    16 May 2017

  • No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation

    No Pause for Thought? Brexit, Bias and Political Manipulation Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 May 2017
    The psychology of Brexit and contemporary politics, in a series of articles by Volker Patent. In this first article, we look at how the language of Brexit...
  • Exodus: The videos Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Exodus: The videos

    A collection of clips from our award-winning programme Exodus: Our Journey To Europe, which explored first-hand the...

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    15 May 2017

  • Exodus: The videos

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    Exodus: The videos Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 May 2017
    A collection of clips from our award-winning programme Exodus: Our Journey To Europe, which explored first-hand the reasons why people make the choice to...
  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    By Karl Pike

    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 May 2017

  • Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos

    Labour to the marrow: Exploring the party's ethos Creative commons image Icon Chris Beckett under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 May 2017
    Particular perspectives influence how individuals think about politics. But how do members and supporters of a single party create a collective perception of...
  • Why do voters allow corrupt politicians to stay in office? Creative commons image Icon rbasalotte under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Why do voters allow corrupt politicians to stay in office?

    By Marko Klašnja

    In the US Congress, involvement in a corruption scandal is by no means the end to a legislator’s political career,...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    10 May 2017

  • Why do voters allow corrupt politicians to stay in office?

    Why do voters allow corrupt politicians to stay in office? Creative commons image Icon rbasalotte under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 May 2017
    In the US Congress, involvement in a corruption scandal is by no means the end to a legislator’s political career, with 60 percent of those implicated in...
  • What does President Macron mean for Brexit? Creative commons image Icon Official LeWeb Photos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

    By Andrew Glencross

    A new occupant at the Elysée Palace - and a stongly pro-European one at that. What does that mean for the process of...

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    10 May 2017

  • What does President Macron mean for Brexit?

    What does President Macron mean for Brexit? Creative commons image Icon Official LeWeb Photos under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 May 2017
    A new occupant at the Elysée Palace - and a stongly pro-European one at that. What does that mean for the process of the UK leaving the EU?

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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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    19 Jan 2017

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    China and the USA: cooperation or conflict?
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 19 Jan 2017
    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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    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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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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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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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    24 Feb 2016

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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 29 May 2017
    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...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 May 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 29 May 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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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 May 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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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 May 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 29 May 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    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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    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’,...