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Prisoner students - learning to escape?

Prisoner students - learning to escape? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
As the government gears up to making universities and prisons responsible for deterring radicalisation can The Open University (OU) look...

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Morality and the law

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Can the law tell us what is morally acceptable? Barrister, Harry Potter, looks at what moral law might be. 

A selection of OU thank yous

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Updated 17 Sep 2014
Take a look at some truly inspiring stories among our students about the support they have received from various people throughout their studies.

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: 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.

Sacred and secular: Julian Rivers

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Aug 2014
Religious beliefs towards dress, sexuality and property versus secular law is discussed by Professor Julian Rivers.   

Sacred and secular: Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Aug 2014
Discrepancies between secular law and Jewish aims are discussed in this video with Rabbi Naftali Rothenberg.

Sacred and secular: Revd Robin Gibbons

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Can empowerment of minority religious communities come from acknowledgement from the law and majority groups?

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Credit: © Morfudd
Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of the unit is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops to address those problems. It uses the evolution of...

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...

Inside the International Criminal Court

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Inside the International Criminal Court Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 35 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
What is the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? How will the ICC develop in the 21st century? The ICC was created in 2002 as a...

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

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Social care, social work and the law - England and Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Social work and the law in Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Online Rights and the Law

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Online Rights and the Law Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2012
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 28 Mar 2012
How does the law stand in relation to web privacy? Do we have the same rights online as we do in life? The online revolution has moved rapidly but...

Making and using rules

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Making and using rules Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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,...

Philosophy: Justice and Morality

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Philosophy: Justice and Morality Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Jun 2011
Although what constitutes justice may vary depending on culture or historical context, all forms of justice are built on a foundation of moral...

Energy resources: Nuclear energy

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Energy resources: Nuclear energy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 02 Jun 2011
The transformation of radioactive uranium and, in some instances, thorium isotopes provides vastly more energy per unit mass of fuel than any other...

Social care, social work and the law

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Social care, social work and the law Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Introductory level Duration 2 hours 45 mins Updated 25 Jan 2010
The law and aspects of the legal system have a massive impact on the lives of social workers, from defining policy and procedure to the actual...