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    Thinking Allowed 2018

    Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

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    14 May 2018

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    Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 
  • How should Rwanda remember the genocide?

    By Samantha Lakin

    Up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide of 1994. A quarter of a century on,...

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  • How should Rwanda remember the genocide?

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    Up to a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered during the genocide of 1994. A quarter of a century on, how does Rwanda memorialise that event?
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    How do natural disasters affect mental health?

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    Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for...

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    Understanding why suicide rates in Puerto Rico have risen by a third since Hurricane Maria could help us prepare for future natural disasters. Jane Palmer...
  • How radical was Martin Luther King?

    By Professor Paul Harvey

    His message on civil rights was unequivocal - but Paul Harvey argues that in Martin Luther King's economic and social...

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    04 Apr 2018

  • How radical was Martin Luther King?

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    His message on civil rights was unequivocal - but Paul Harvey argues that in Martin Luther King's economic and social message was his greatest claim to...
  • Life in immigration limbo: Befriending the women of Yarl's Wood

    By Joanne Vincett

    Detainees at Yarl's Wood don't know how long they will be held at the facility before being removed from the UK. And...

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  • Life in immigration limbo: Befriending the women of Yarl's Wood

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    Detainees at Yarl's Wood don't know how long they will be held at the facility before being removed from the UK. And that creates an enormous strain, as...
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  • An introduction to the fascinating work and career options open to people with a social psychology qualification

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    Where can social psychology take you? Here four psychologists tell us about their career journey and other work options open to people studying social...
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  • Homeless people could avoid life-saving services, if there’s a risk of deportation

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    It’s crucial to decouple shelter and other basic goods from migration control says Dr Tendayi Bloom.
  • Yes, we still need International Women's Day

    By Rose Capdevila, Dr Lisa Lazard

    The belief that somehow International Women's Day is marching down the paths of long-secured victories is misplaced,...

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    05 Mar 2018

  • Yes, we still need International Women's Day

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    The belief that somehow International Women's Day is marching down the paths of long-secured victories is misplaced, say Rose Capdevila and Lisa Lazard
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    03 Mar 2018

  • Why challenging sexual violence takes more than just a starring role at The Oscars

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    This weekend the Oscars brings to the end an awards season dominated by the post-Weinstein movements to address sexual harassment and gender inequality. But,...
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    Happy Saint David's Day | Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus

    As we celebrate St David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, find out more about Welsh language, culture and...

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    01 Mar 2018

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    As we celebrate St David's Day, the patron saint of Wales, find out more about Welsh language, culture and society with our great range of learning...

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    Working in the voluntary sector

    This free online course, Working in the voluntary sector, will introduce you to some of the main activities carried out by volunteers and staff,...

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    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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    Smart cities

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    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
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    Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

    This free course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

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    Does prison work?

    Does prison work and what purpose does it serve? This free course allows you to listen to a discussion on the purpose, efficacy and regulation of...

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    Psychology in the 21st century

    Psychology is not a simple subject. This free course, Psychology in the 21st century, examines how different aspects of human behaviour provide the...

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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?...

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    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...

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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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