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Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads?

Will a new European law mean YouTube has to monitor your uploads? Creative commons image Erich Ferdinand under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Jun 2016
New proposals from the European Commission could force some internet hosting sites to proactively monitor everything posted to their sites. Daphne...

Sovereignty and the EU

Sovereignty and the EU
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 May 2016
What does sovereignty mean for the UK and what impact does the the UK’s and EU relationship have on it?

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Updated 07 Apr 2016
Start here for some general information about the UK's upcoming EU Referendum.

Why Brexit would be bad for employment rights

Why Brexit would be bad for employment rights Copyright free image Copyright free: Pexels
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
What has the EU done for employment rights, and what do we stand to lose or gain if we leave the EU?

Could President Trump do what Candidate Trump promises in the struggle against Islamic State?

Could President Trump do what Candidate Trump promises in the struggle against Islamic State? Creative commons image Tony Webster under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Mar 2016
Donald Trump has been explaining how - were he to become President - he would "win" against Islamic State. But if he turns his stump pledges into...

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language?

How do you read a person their rights when English isn't their first language? Creative commons image Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
A new set of guidelines offers law enforcement officers ways to ensure language skills aren't a bar to understanding your rights when arrested.

What did it mean to be found guilty by joint enterprise?

What did it mean to be found guilty by joint enterprise? Creative commons image M Zhu under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Feb 2016
How "joint enterprise" could lead to people being jailed for murder even when they didn't directly kill anyone.

Why has Antonin Scalia's death set off a battle for the US Supreme Court?

Why has Antonin Scalia's death set off a battle for the US Supreme Court? Creative commons image US Mission In Geneva under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Feb 2016
Almost as soon as news of Justice Antonin Scalia's death came through, Democrats and Republicans started to trade insults over the process of...

EU Referendum - Sovereignty

EU Referendum - Sovereignty Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Updated 09 Feb 2016
Explore the issues surrounding sovereignty in the EU Referendum debate, including global trade, currency, two speed union and the parliament veto.

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Constitutions in transition

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Constitutions in transition
Intermediate level Duration 10 hours Updated 10 May 2016
This free course, Constitutions in transition, explores and compares the development of four nation-state constitutions from around the world:...

Privacy rights and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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...

Human rights and law

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Human rights and law Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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...

Europe and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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...

Making and using rules

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
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...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Apr 2016
This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts underpinning your...

Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Copyright: © Morfudd
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
The aim of this free course, Changing law: mental capacity legislation, is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops...

Starting with law

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Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
This free course, Starting with law, explores key legal concepts such as legal capacity and the rights and responsibilities of the individual. You...

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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 24 Jun 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 25 Jun 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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Jun 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 24 Jun 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 25 Jun 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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 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 25 Jun 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...