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Quiz: How is technology transforming our lives?

How far has technology spread to different parts of society? To what extent have we reached a cashless society?

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Criminal Justice in the United Kingdom, 2010 to 2015: Austerity, Policing and Probation

The second part of Richard Garside's speech to the Open University Scotland event: The coalition years and the Scottish dimension.

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Globalisation and health

What is the future for global health policy? How are the old paradigms being replaced by new ones? What are the key issues in the new globalised world? Ilona Kickbusch reviews the rapidly changing world of global health. In the past there were relatively few organisations involved and there was a hard dividing line between the public and private spheres. Today there are many more players and the issues are much more complex. In our rapidly shrinking world, where modern technology and infrastructure are able to compress time and distance, it is ever more important to have strong global health policies. How, though, will all the different parties, both local and international, public and private, find a way to co-operate most successfully? K311 Promoting public health: skills, perspectives and practice.

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The growing demand for drugs in UK prisons

In light of the BBC Panorama documentary, 'Behind Bars: Prison Undercover', Dr David Scott explores the issue of drug smuggling in UK prisons.

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Thinking Allowed 2018

Thinking Allowed explores how society works, with leading social science experts. 

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Modern slavery

This free course, Modern slavery, is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.

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15 hrs

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Review: Chavs - The Demonization of the Working Class

John Booth reviews Owen Jones' Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class and asks how the image of the bulldog breed turned into a narrative of feral children.

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Brexiting Hub

Britain is currently negotiating its departure from the European Union. The Brexiting Hub is here to help make sense of what this means for the nations, for Europe - and for you.

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Autumn Budget 2017: First reactions

Academics from around the UK, including the OU's Peter Bloom, respond to the first budget of the current government.

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President Trump: A collection

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.

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House of Lords: an audio collection

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

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