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Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 not only cost some 3,000 lives, they also deeply scarred the American consciousness and made a deep impact on US foreign policy and the world at large. This free course, Politics, media and war: 9/11 and its aftermaths, assesses the wider consequences of 9/11 not just on domestic and world politics, but also on the media.

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Getting started with SPSS

Handling statistical data is an essential part of psychological research. However, many people find the idea of using statistics, and especially statistical software packages, extremely daunting. This free course, Getting started with SPSS, takes a step-by-step approach to statistics software through seven interactive activities. No statistics software is needed.

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DIY: Measuring Latitude and Longitude

A step-by-step guide on how to work out your latitude and longitude, part of the BBC/OU's programme website for Rough Science 1

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Meet The Lords

Series following the larger-than-life characters that populate the House of Lords, one of Britain's oldest, most idiosyncratic and most important institutions.

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How can authorities plan for an unexpected terrorist tactic?

Parliament’s security is under review following the attack in Westminster. But, when pedestrians could be hit next to Big Ben, there may be more to review than the protection of the building alone. Patrick Dunleavy asks whether our approaches to security are as effective as they could be, considering the constantly shifting terrorist methods. He explains why in combating future plots, the authorities must take into account their own blind spots.

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Methods in Motion: Finding a voice after Brexit

In a world that appears increasingly hostile to expertise, Janet Newman suggests ways forward – and some new alliances.

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Methods in Motion: Becoming relativist

Dr Manuel Dries, Lecturer in Philosophy at the OU, explores how a quest for absolute knowledge has led us into relativism (which is an opportunity)

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