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  • What is Law? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: olegdudko

    What is Law?

    By Keren Bright, Dr Stephanie Pywell

    Have a passion for law or thinking of studying it? Try out the first step in our series '12 Introductory Steps to Law...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Sep 2017

  • What is Law?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Have a passion for law or thinking of studying it? Try out the first step in our series '12 Introductory Steps to Law' to find out more about law and equity....
  • How does a Bill move through Parliament? Creative commons image Icon UK House Of Lords under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How does a Bill move through Parliament?

    The passage of a Bill through the two houses gives a chance for refining and shaping the eventual legislation - or...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • How does a Bill move through Parliament?

    How does a Bill move through Parliament? Creative commons image Icon UK House Of Lords under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    The passage of a Bill through the two houses gives a chance for refining and shaping the eventual legislation - or rejecting it altogether.
  • What happens when a Bill is drafted? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: UK Government - released under an Open Government licence

    What happens when a Bill is drafted?

    Getting the Bill right is important. If it's going to become part of UK law, it needs to be carefully written - and...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • What happens when a Bill is drafted?

    What happens when a Bill is drafted? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: UK Government - released under an Open Government licence
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Getting the Bill right is important. If it's going to become part of UK law, it needs to be carefully written - and supported.
  • What are the three types of Bill? Creative commons image Icon Amir Rabbanni under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    What are the three types of Bill?

    Laws start their lives as Bills in the Houses of Parliament. Here's a quick guide to the three type of Bill.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    25 Aug 2017

  • What are the three types of Bill?

    What are the three types of Bill? Creative commons image Icon Amir Rabbanni under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Aug 2017
    Laws start their lives as Bills in the Houses of Parliament. Here's a quick guide to the three type of Bill.
  • Could Donald Trump use his pardons to derail the Russian investigation? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Could Donald Trump use his pardons to derail the Russian investigation?

    By Austin Sarat

    Speculation is rife that Donald Trump may use his power of pardon to close down even the possibility of trials over...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    02 Aug 2017

  • Could Donald Trump use his pardons to derail the Russian investigation?

    Could Donald Trump use his pardons to derail the Russian investigation? Creative commons image Icon Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2017
    Speculation is rife that Donald Trump may use his power of pardon to close down even the possibility of trials over his family's collusion with Russian...
  • What happens now the government has lost the Brexit court case? Creative commons image Icon Kay Williams under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    What happens now the government has lost the Brexit court case?

    By Fiona de Londras

    Earlier today [Jan 24th], the Supreme Court rejected the government's appeal against a judgement insisting Parliament...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    24 Jan 2017

  • What happens now the government has lost the Brexit court case?

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    What happens now the government has lost the Brexit court case? Creative commons image Icon Kay Williams under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jan 2017
    Earlier today [Jan 24th], the Supreme Court rejected the government's appeal against a judgement insisting Parliament had to vote on triggering Article 50....
  • Remembering Gary Slapper Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Remembering Gary Slapper

    We're sad to report that Gary Slapper - founder of the OU Law School, visiting professor at The Open University and...

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    07 Dec 2016

  • Remembering Gary Slapper

    Remembering Gary Slapper Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Updated 07 Dec 2016
    We're sad to report that Gary Slapper - founder of the OU Law School, visiting professor at The Open University and contributor to OpenLearn and Open2.net -...
  • A letter that starts the renegotiation process – Cameron writing to Tusk Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: pablographix via iStock

    A letter that starts the renegotiation process – Cameron writing to Tusk

    By Anne Wesemann

    What does David Cameron's 'list of demands' sent to the European Union actually mean? 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Nov 2015

  • A letter that starts the renegotiation process – Cameron writing to Tusk

    A letter that starts the renegotiation process – Cameron writing to Tusk Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: pablographix via iStock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Nov 2015
    What does David Cameron's 'list of demands' sent to the European Union actually mean? 
  • So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime - Jonybigude | Dreamstime.com

    So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about?

    By Anne Wesemann

    David Cameron has outlined his demands for EU renegotiation prior to a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU....

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Nov 2015

  • So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about?

    So, what is this EU referendum everybody is talking about? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime - Jonybigude | Dreamstime.com
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Nov 2015
    David Cameron has outlined his demands for EU renegotiation prior to a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU. But what does this all mean?
  • The European Union Referendum Bill - A law giving us a say Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Vepar5 | iStockphoto.com

    The European Union Referendum Bill - A law giving us a say

    By Anne Wesemann

    As we settle in to our new Conservative Government, Anne Wesemann discusses the EU Referendum and David...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jun 2015

  • The European Union Referendum Bill - A law giving us a say

    The European Union Referendum Bill - A law giving us a say Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Vepar5 | iStockphoto.com
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jun 2015
    As we settle in to our new Conservative Government, Anne Wesemann discusses the EU Referendum and David Cameron's promise of a referendum before...

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  • Scottish courts and the law

    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and purpose of the courts in Scotland and their relationship with the...

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    24 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    20 Sep 2017

  • Scottish courts and the law

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    Introductory level Duration 24 hours Updated 20 Sep 2017
    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
  • Introduction to European Union law

    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad overview of the legal framework, including historic dimension, the...

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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    20 Jul 2017

  • Introduction to European Union law

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    Introduction to European Union law
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 20 Jul 2017
    This free course introduces the law of the European Union. It provides a broad...
  • Introducing research in law and beyond

    This free course, Introducing research in law and beyond, is designed to introduce you to the skills required to develop and complete a legal...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    27 Apr 2017

  • Introducing research in law and beyond

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    Introducing research in law and beyond
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 27 Apr 2017
    This free course, Introducing research in law and beyond, is designed to introduce...
  • Software and the law

    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to software and its use, taking a global perspective. A major part of...

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    8 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    12 Jan 2017

  • Software and the law

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    Software and the law Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: ollo / E+ / Getty Images
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    In this free course, Software and the law, you'll look at the laws relevant to...
  • Making and using rules

    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...

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    20 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 Aug 2016

  • Making and using rules

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    Making and using rules Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Aug 2016
    Rules affect us all, and the way they are made and interpreted could affect how we...
  • Exploring the boundaries of international law

    This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts underpinning your...

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    15 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    16 May 2016

  • Exploring the boundaries of international law

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    Exploring the boundaries of international law Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: © 2012 The Open University. All rights reserved
    Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 May 2016
    This free course, Exploring the boundaries of international law, is designed to...
  • Changing law: mental capacity legislation

    The aim of this free course, Changing law: mental capacity legislation, is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    29 Mar 2016

  • Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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    Changing law: mental capacity legislation Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © Morfudd
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Mar 2016
    The aim of this free course, Changing law: mental capacity legislation, is to...
  • Energy resources: Nuclear energy

    The transformation of radioactive uranium and, in some instances, thorium isotopes provides vastly more energy per unit mass of fuel than any other...

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    14 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    22 Mar 2016

  • Energy resources: Nuclear energy

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    Energy resources: Nuclear energy Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 14 hours Updated 22 Mar 2016
    The transformation of radioactive uranium and, in some instances, thorium isotopes...
  • The law-making process in England and Wales

    This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law in England and Wales. It examines the...

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    21 Mar 2016

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

    This free course is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work and the law in England and Wales. The extracts are stand-alone...

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    12 Feb 2016

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

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    This free course is made up of four extracts related to social care, social work...

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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move....

    Certificate in Working Together for Children

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    Certificate in Working Together for Children Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Working with children requires practitioners to develop knowledge, skills, and...

    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject...

    Bachelor of Laws (Honours)

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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Studying law is stimulating in its own right, and it’s also a smart career move....

    Law making in Scotland

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    Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This module is only available to learners who have completed three OpenLearn...

    Developing social work practice

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 11 Jan 2018
    This is an interdisciplinary module with subject matter derived from psychology,...

    Exploring the boundaries of international law

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    Exploring the boundaries of international law Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 19 Apr 2018
    This module considers the complexities of international law in the twenty-first...

    Law: concepts and perspectives

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This OU level 1 module is taught entirely online and builds your knowledge of the...

    The law and social work in Scotland

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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module examines the legal frameworks that shape and regulate social work...

    Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility

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    Business, human rights law and corporate social responsibility
    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Sep 2017 Register by 19 Oct 2017
    This interdisciplinary module considers how business increasingly conducts its...
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