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The Prosecutors

The Prosecutors Copyrighted image Copyright: Gold Star Productions/BBC
Updated 22 Jan 2016
New ground-breaking OU/BBC series The Prosecutors focuses on how our criminal justice system works by following various prosecutions from...

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016

OpenLearn Live: 13th January 2016 Copyright free image Copyright free: The National Library of Israel collections
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2016
The godfather of emoji, pictograms and data visualisation; All of JS Bach; Bowie's lyric app; IM privacy and then more free learning through...

How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong?

How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong? Creative commons image Tom Gill under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jan 2016
The state government of Michigan has adopted a response to potential digital attacks that provide a useful model, explains Brian Nussbaum.

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel Creative commons image savagecats under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2015
In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum...

Could Islamic law be the key to defeating ISIS?

Could Islamic law be the key to defeating ISIS? Creative commons image Jordi Boixareu under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Nov 2015
The solution to ISIS could be offering a different interpretation of Islamic Law, says Muslim scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about?

So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about? Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime - Jonybigude | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
David Cameron has outlined his demands for EU renegotiation prior to a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. But what does this all mean?

By extending the remit of PCCs, the government is playing with fire

By extending the remit of PCCs, the government is playing with fire Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
Public confidence in accountability and governance of the British emergency services is likely to be undermined by the new, flawed, system...

What was the Bosman ruling? The one minute guide

What was the Bosman ruling? The one minute guide Creative commons image Guts Gaming under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Updated 25 Sep 2015
A really, really quick explanation of the 1996 European Court of Justice Ruling on the Bosman case, and how it applies to football.

Getting into Hot Water over Hot Coffee

Getting into Hot Water over Hot Coffee Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Sep 2015
Why did Rockstar have to pay out more than $20 million in legal fees for some hidden code left in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas?...

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Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Copyright: © Richard D Kaplan
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 07 Jul 2015
This free course, Modern slavery, is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to...

The law-making process in England and Wales

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The law-making process in England and Wales Creative commons image Recardo Andre Frantz in Wikipedia made available under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2015
This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law in England and Wales. It examines the...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Copyright: © Morfudd
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of this free course, Changing law: mental capacity legislation, is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops...

Company law in context

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Company law in context Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
The legal issues involved in setting up and running a business can be complex and confusing, especially when some of the terms used don't seem to...

Human rights and law

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Human rights and law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
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...

Making and using rules

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Making and using rules Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 09 Dec 2014
Rules affect us all, and the way they are made and interpreted could affect how we live. This free course, Making and using rules, explores how we...

Privacy rights and the law

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Privacy rights and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
Privacy has long been recognised as an important human right, but how does society balance this right with the protection of others, such as the...

Europe and the law

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Europe and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
With this free course, Europe and the law, you will gain a basic understanding of EU law and the interaction between EU and domestic law. It will...

Judges and the law

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Judges and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
How do judges make law? This free course, Judges and the law, will examine how the common law system works, the differences between 'civil code'...

Parliament and the law

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Parliament and the law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
How are rules made and who can influence this procedure? This free course, Parliament and the law, will introduce you to the rule-making processes...

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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 13 Feb 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...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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 13 Feb 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move. If you want to practise law professionally, a law degree is a...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...