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  • The Detectives: Murder on the Streets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    The Detectives: Murder on the Streets

    This four-part series follows Manchester's murder detectives as they crack complex cases in real time.

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    27 Sep 2017

  • The Detectives: Murder on the Streets

    The Detectives: Murder on the Streets Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC New content
    Introductory level Updated 27 Sep 2017
    This four-part series follows Manchester's murder detectives as they crack complex cases in real time.
  • Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

    By Dr Zoe Walkington

    Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the...

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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Sep 2017

  • Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar?

    Detecting Deception: Can you spot a liar? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 19 Sep 2017
    Some money has been stolen - everyone denies taking it but some people are lying. Can you work out who is telling the truth and who is being dishonest? Find...
  • Drugs and the law: Legal highs

    By Hugh McFaul

    The UK recently issued a blanket ban on 'legal highs' but what does this legislation mean? Can the prohibition...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Sep 2017

  • Drugs and the law: Legal highs

    Drugs and the law: Legal highs New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    The UK recently issued a blanket ban on 'legal highs' but what does this legislation mean? Can the prohibition of selling these drugs stop their use?...
  • You Decide: Is it a crime? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    You Decide: Is it a crime?

    By Hugh McFaul

    What do you know about England and Wales' criminal justice system? Take a look at these four cases then make your...

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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Sep 2017

  • You Decide: Is it a crime?

    You Decide: Is it a crime? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    What do you know about England and Wales' criminal justice system? Take a look at these four cases then make your decision based on what you think is legal...
  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    By Lisa Claydon, Paul Catley

    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you?

    Could your brain activity be used in evidence against you? Creative commons image Icon John Graner/Terrence R. Oakes/Louis M. French/Gerard Riedy under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    If brain scans can reveal when someone is lying, should they become part of the court process? The OU's Paul Catley and Lisa Claydon consider the case.
  • Are there other responses to urban terror than just more bollards? Creative commons image Icon Stephen McKay under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Are there other responses to urban terror than just more bollards?

    By John Coaffee

    Can we adapt urban environments in the face of a changing terrorist threat? Jon Coaffee says it's going to take more...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • Are there other responses to urban terror than just more bollards?

    Are there other responses to urban terror than just more bollards? Creative commons image Icon Stephen McKay under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Can we adapt urban environments in the face of a changing terrorist threat? Jon Coaffee says it's going to take more than just more concrete and steel...
  • How network science can unravel Al Capone's criminal associates Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain

    How network science can unravel Al Capone's criminal associates

    By Andrew V Papachristos, Chris M Smith

    In new research which studies the social relationships of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s, Chris M. Smith and...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Aug 2017

  • How network science can unravel Al Capone's criminal associates

    How network science can unravel Al Capone's criminal associates Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Public domain
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    In new research which studies the social relationships of organized crime in Chicago in the 1920s, Chris M. Smith and Andrew V. Papachristos were able to...
  • Prejudice and Pride Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC

    Prejudice and Pride

    The People's History of LGBTQ Britain.

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    25 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    04 Aug 2017

  • Prejudice and Pride

    Prejudice and Pride Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The BBC
    Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 04 Aug 2017
    The People's History of LGBTQ Britain.
  • Better regulation or austerity politics? Undoing social protection Creative commons image Icon Tom Pennington under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Better regulation or austerity politics? Undoing social protection

    By Prof Steve Tombs

    A move away from enforcement of rules governing business promised 'better regulation' - but, argues the OU's Steve...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jun 2017

  • Better regulation or austerity politics? Undoing social protection

    Better regulation or austerity politics? Undoing social protection Creative commons image Icon Tom Pennington under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jun 2017
    A move away from enforcement of rules governing business promised 'better regulation' - but, argues the OU's Steve Tombs, the result is a loss of specialist...
  • Finding the Truth Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Finding the Truth

    By Professor Graham Pike, Prof Steve Tombs, Dr Victoria Cooper

    What do you really know about crime? Try our interactive 'Finding the Truth' to dig way beyond the surface of...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 May 2017

  • Finding the Truth

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    Finding the Truth Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 25 May 2017
    What do you really know about crime? Try our interactive 'Finding the Truth' to dig way beyond the surface of forensic psychology, corporate crime...

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  • Criminology beyond crime

    This free course, Criminology beyond crime, examines the notion of 'social harm' as an alternative to the legal definition of 'crime'. To...

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    Level: 3 Advanced

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  • Criminology beyond crime

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    Criminology beyond crime
    Advanced level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Feb 2016
    This free course, Criminology beyond crime, examines the notion of 'social harm'...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in...

    BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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    BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours)...

    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 Sep 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...