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Understanding economic inequality free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding economic inequality

This free course, Understanding economic inequality, explores the causes of economic inequality in modern times and its consequences for success for the economy. The course will encourage you to reflect on your personal experiences of inequality before looking at how the issue is approached in economics. You will study some of the different...

Free course
6 hrs
Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice free course icon level 3: advanced icon

Science, Maths & Technology

Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice

Strategic planning: systems thinking in practice is a free course introducing core ideas of systems thinking in practice for managing and improving complex situations. The ideas correspond with three core activities of, firstly, understanding inter-relationships, secondly, engaging with multiple perspectives, and thirdly, reflecting on boundary ...

Free course
20 hrs
Understanding international development free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding international development

Please note: This course contains several Flash activities which are no longer playable. These are being updated. This course can still be studied, but you may like to postpone your study for now if you would rather have the full experience.

Free course
20 hrs
Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame? free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Health, Sports & Psychology

Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame?

This free course, Exploring health: is your lifestyle really to blame?, explores the extent to which a person's 'lifestyle' impacts on their health and wellbeing. It also examines how non-lifestyle related factors – in particular social, economic, cultural and political dimensions – influence a person's health.

Free course
4 hrs
Introducing the voluntary sector free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Money & Business

Introducing the voluntary sector

This free course, Introducing the voluntary sector, will guide you through some of the distinctive features and values of the voluntary sector, how organisations are funded and involve volunteers and other ‘stakeholders’ in their work. It will also provide you with knowledge and skills you can apply to your own work or volunteering as well as ...

Free course
24 hrs
Modern slavery free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

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.

Free course
15 hrs
What is politics? free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

What is politics?

This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics is. Although the question might seem rather simple, it elicits various, often contradictory responses. As you will realise, in politics as in much of the humanities and social sciences definitive ...

Free course
15 hrs
The law-making process in England and Wales free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

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 democratic law-making process and how and by whom proposed legislation is initiated, before introducing you to the Westminster Parliament, which creates legislation. It is within this Parliament that proposed ...

Free course
15 hrs
Introduction to law in Wales free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

History & The Arts

Introduction to law in Wales

This free course, Introduction to law in Wales, gives a brief overview of the legal history in Wales from the 12th century, followed by an overview of devolution and referendums, the law making powers of the Welsh Assembly and the possible future for legal Wales.

Free course
8 hrs
Nuclear power: friend or foe? free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Nuclear power: friend or foe?

Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change has put nuclear energy back on the political agenda as an alternative energy source. This is part of approaches to 'decarbonise' energy through a shift from coal to natural gas, nuclear energy and renewables. Yet, the recourse to nuclear energy is hotly debated. ...

Free course
2 hrs
Passports: identity and airports free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Passports: identity and airports

This free course, Passports: identity and airports, offers a sociological analysis of the modern airport. Using a lively mixture of videos, interactive exercises and readings, the course explores how the social world of the airport is made and maintained. In particular, it investigates how the processes that constitute this world - queuing, ...

Free course
8 hrs
Company law in context free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Company law in context

The legal issues involved in setting up and running a business can be complex and confusing, especially when some of the terms used don't seem to have clear meanings. Company law in context is a free course from the College of Law, offering a basic introduction to the legal concepts of companies, partnerships, assets and liabilities.

Free course
10 hrs