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Why books are a lifeline for prisoners

Why books are a lifeline for prisoners Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Updated 07 Apr 2014
The Independent's Terence Blacker was on a visit to a prison to talk about the benefits of reading, when he heard about the ban on books. Where...

For our most powerful and hypocritical leaders, crimes are things others commit

For our most powerful and hypocritical leaders, crimes are things others commit Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 28 Mar 2014
The crisis in Crimea illustrates the egregious hypocrisy and unctuous sanctimony at the heart of western foreign policy, writes Mehdi Hasan.

OpenLearn welcomes Creative Commons 4.0

OpenLearn welcomes Creative Commons 4.0 Creative commons image Credit: Creative Commons licensed for reuse under CC BY
Updated 06 Mar 2014
The OpenLearn team is pleased to announce that it is making its content available under the new suite of Creative Commons licences. 

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Starting with law

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Introductory Level Duration 3 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Starting with law explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and responsibilities of the individual. You will examine how...

Starting with law: An overview of the law

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Introductory Level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Jun 2012
The law is an interesting and lively subject that touches upon all aspects of everyday life. But how are laws in the UK made and who makes them?...

Making and using rules

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Introductory Level Duration 20 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Rules affect us all, and the way they are made and interpreted could affect how we live. This unit explores how we could interpret and apply rules,...

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Development: context and practice

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 26 Apr 2013 Register by 30 Sep 2013
This course explores the context in which development practice takes place and encourages you think ‘outside the box’ to consider development...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 19 Apr 2013 Register by 17 Apr 2014
This course examines the complexities of twenty-first century international law by exploring the evolving role and function of international law in...

Capacities for managing development

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Masters Level Duration 300 hours Updated 14 Apr 2013 Register by 30 Sep 2013
This course provides development practitioners with a conceptual framework for analysing development management practice; and develops skills and...