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Theresa May’s new Big Brother powers won’t help catch more criminals

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Nov 2014
Enabling the police to identify who is using a digital device at any time won't catch up with the more advanced criminals, writes Andrew Smith....

Is Bitcoin legal?

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Updated 27 Oct 2014
Most of the world’s largest economies allow Bitcoin transfers without restriction but others have outlawed the currency.

United Nations Day

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Oct 2014
To celebrate the United Nations Day (24 October), we round up some useful resources to look at the evolution of human rights, peace and...

Sacred and secular

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 04 Sep 2014
Leaders in the fields of religion, law and business discuss the complications when the three align.

Sacred and secular: Barry Bussey

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
Is religious doctrine still a given when it comes to rights and ethics? This video investigates that question.

Sacred and secular: Brett Scharffs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
This video explores the corporate social responsibilities of business versus ethical beliefs.

Sacred and secular: Brian Grim

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
How stronger economy and greater innovation occurs when companies consider all religious groups.

Sacred and secular: Cole Durham

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
Broader autonomy is needed in religious organisations, argues the director of International Center for Law and Religion Studies.

Sacred and secular: Iain Benson

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
Recognising differences is one way law and religion can complement eachother, says Professor Iain Benson. 

Sacred and secular: Jaclyn Neo

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Aug 2014
A focus on the Malaysian government's use of law and religion to exercise power.

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Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Aug 2014
Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales. Centuries of development and growth have been influenced by...

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...

Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 12 Oct 2012
This unit is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law. The extracts are stand-alone sections but follow on from...

Social work and the law in Scotland

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 31 Jul 2012
Social work is a dynamic profession that is undergoing a period of significant change in Scotland. Social workers have the power to make...

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,...

Parliament and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
How are rules made and who can influence this procedure? This unit will introduce you to the rule-making processes in of the UK Houses of...

Judges and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
How do judges make law? This unit will examine how the common law system works, the differences between ‘civil code’ and ‘common law’ systems, and...

Europe and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
This unit will give you a basic understanding of EU law and the interaction between EU and domestic law. It will provide a brief explanation of...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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 29 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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 in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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 Open

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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 29 Nov 2014
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 Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3600 hours Updated 29 Nov 2014
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...