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    Language of Poverty

    By Dr Gerry Mooney, Owen Jones

    In this audio, The Open University's Gerry Mooney discusses the language used to describe poverty in the UK with columnist and writer, Owen Jones 

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    14 Jul 2021

  • Language of Poverty

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    Language of Poverty Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: kondyukandrey/iStock photo
    Introductory level Updated 14 Jul 2021
    In this audio, The Open University's Gerry Mooney discusses the language used to describe poverty in the UK with columnist and writer, Owen Jones 
  • Why are people superstitious?

    By Dr Dan Taylor

    Have you ever found yourself counting magpies, avoiding black cats or worrying about an upcoming Friday the 13th? You may have said 'Bless You!' after a loved one’s sneeze, or kept your fingers crossed for a good outcome. Perhaps you count your...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jul 2021

  • Why are people superstitious?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2021
    Have you ever found yourself counting magpies, avoiding black cats or worrying about an upcoming Friday the 13th? You may have said 'Bless You!' after a...
  • Trouble in paradise: The Dutch golden age

    By Dr Dan Taylor

    Dr Dan Taylor looks at troubles the Netherlands faced due to religious divisions and how this nearly led to the collapse of one of the wealthiest countries in the world.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jul 2021

  • Trouble in paradise: The Dutch golden age

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2021
    Dr Dan Taylor looks at troubles the Netherlands faced due to religious divisions and how this nearly led to the collapse of one of the wealthiest...
  • Why do we need free speech?

    By Dr Dan Taylor

    Today free speech is widely considered to be a basic human right. Our individual liberty to say and think what we wish – within limits – is defended in modern British law.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Jul 2021

  • Why do we need free speech?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Jul 2021
    Today free speech is widely considered to be a basic human right. Our individual liberty to say and think what we wish – within limits – is defended in...
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    Raymond Williams a Leonardo Sciascia: Cofio bywydau a gwaddolion

    By Dr Geoff Andrews

    Roedd Raymond Williams a Leonardo Sciascia, y ganwyd y ddau yn 1921, yn ysgolheigion, yn nofelwyr ac yn feirniaid nodedig. Mae Geoff Andrews yn ystyried eu bywydau a'u gwaddolion yn yr erthygl hon.

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Jun 2021

  • Raymond Williams a Leonardo Sciascia: Cofio bywydau a gwaddolion

    Raymond Williams a Leonardo Sciascia: Cofio bywydau a gwaddolion Creative commons image Icon Raymond Williams - Copyright free. Leonardo Sciascia vy dati.camera.it, CC BY 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Jun 2021
    Roedd Raymond Williams a Leonardo Sciascia, y ganwyd y ddau yn 1921, yn ysgolheigion, yn nofelwyr ac yn feirniaid nodedig. Mae Geoff Andrews yn ystyried eu...
  • Creative commons image Icon Raymond Williams - Copyright free. Leonardo Sciascia vy dati.camera.it, CC BY 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Raymond Williams and Leonardo Sciascia: Intellectuals At the Margins

    By Dr Geoff Andrews

    Raymond Williams and Leonardo Sciascia, both born in 1921, were two notable intellectuals, novelists and critics. Geoff Andrews explores their lives and legacies in this article. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 May 2021

  • Raymond Williams and Leonardo Sciascia: Intellectuals At the Margins

    Raymond Williams and Leonardo Sciascia: Intellectuals At the Margins Creative commons image Icon Raymond Williams - Copyright free. Leonardo Sciascia vy dati.camera.it, CC BY 4.0 under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 May 2021
    Raymond Williams and Leonardo Sciascia, both born in 1921, were two notable intellectuals, novelists and critics. Geoff Andrews explores their lives and...
  • How do you become US President?

    By Dr Richard Heffernan

    Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States today. Fancy running in 2024? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the system.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Jan 2021

  • How do you become US President?

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    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Jan 2021
    Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States today. Fancy running in 2024? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the...
  • Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies within the exclusive economic zone of the United Kingdom and is claimed by the UK as its territory. As Dr Gerry Mooney...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2021

  • Rocky relations: Why an isolated rock in the Atlantic is a sought after and contested place

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 15 Jan 2021
    Rockall is an uninhabitable granite islet situated in the North Atlantic Ocean. It lies within the exclusive economic zone of...
  • In deep, stormy waters: Scotland, the UK and the politics of fishing

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Four of the top five UK ports for landed weight are in Scotland. Is there a possibility of an independent Scotland opting to become an EU member re-joining the EUs Common Fisheries Policy?

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    Updated on:

    13 Jan 2021

  • In deep, stormy waters: Scotland, the UK and the politics of fishing

    Updated 13 Jan 2021
    Four of the top five UK ports for landed weight are in Scotland. Is there a possibility of an independent Scotland opting to become an EU member re-joining...
  • Brexit and Scotland’s fishing communities

    By Dr Gerry Mooney

    Dr Gerry Mooney looks at the importance of Scotland's fishing industry and how Brexit is leading to an uncertain future.

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    Updated on:

    13 Jan 2021

  • Brexit and Scotland’s fishing communities

    Updated 13 Jan 2021
    Dr Gerry Mooney looks at the importance of Scotland's fishing industry and how Brexit is leading to an uncertain future.

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