The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Crossrail Ltd BBC Two

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The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway: The Final Countdown

Ten thousand engineers and construction workers race to complete Crossrail.

TV Programme
Judges and the law Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Judges and the law

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' and 'common law' systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system. The role of the judiciary in the law-making process is explored by examining the origins of common law, the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation.

Free course
20 hrs
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Social problems: Who makes them?

Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This free course, Social problems: Who makes them?, will help you to discover how these issues are identified, defined, given meaning and acted upon. You will also look at the conflicts within social science in this area.

Free course
20 hrs
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Timeline: LGBTQ History

Explore some snapshots of LGBTQ history with our timeline. 

Activity
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The value of coffee

This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a daily basis with circuits of economic and cultural value, hearing from coffee farmers and consumers in different parts of the world.

Free course
3 hrs
Introduction to European Union law free course icon Level 2 icon

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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 discussion of competences and a synopsis of the way Member States can join and leave the European Union, from a legal perspective. It covers unique concepts of European Union law, such as subsidiarity, and how these relate to national legal systems. Knowledge of law or prior legal studies to this course can be supportive but are not essential.

Free course
12 hrs
Judges and the law Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission free course icon Level 1 icon

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Judges and the law

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' and 'common law' systems, and the advantages and disadvantages of the common law system. The role of the judiciary in the law-making process is explored by examining the origins of common law, the system of precedent and the rules of statutory interpretation.

Free course
20 hrs
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General Election 2017: A collection

An extraordinary period in British political life, as seen by OpenLearn. Dig into our election coverage from the seven-week campaign nobody was expecting.

Article
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Brexit: A collection

On June 23rd, 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. On March 29th, 2017, Theresa May sent the letter triggering Article 50, formally starting the process of leaving. We'll help you make sense of what this means for the nations, for Europe - and for you.

Article
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President Trump: A collection

The first hours of his presidency confirmed that - whatever your opinion of him - Donald Trump is unlike any American Preident of the modern era. Here, OU experts - and others - share their commentary on Donald Trump, and his impact on America and beyond.

Article
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House of Lords: an audio collection

Dr Richard Heffernan discusses the past, present and future of the House of Lords.

Audio
30 mins