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  • Should animals have legal standing?

    By Mr Fred Motson

    The law recognises babies, companies and ships as ‘persons’ with legal rights, but not even the most intelligent animals. Is it time for this to change? 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Oct 2021

  • Should animals have legal standing?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 25 Oct 2021
    The law recognises babies, companies and ships as ‘persons’ with legal rights, but not even the most intelligent animals. Is it time for this to change? 
  • Let your money do the talking: fossil fuel divestment and COP26

    By Yvonne Chakraborty

    Divestment from fossil fuels has increased over the last decade as a moral and financial response to the climate crisis, but is it an effective approach to tackle the severity of challenges we now face and how can it support the goals of COP26?

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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Sep 2021

  • Let your money do the talking: fossil fuel divestment and COP26

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Sep 2021
    Divestment from fossil fuels has increased over the last decade as a moral and financial response to the climate crisis, but is it an effective approach to...
  • Climate change and the importance of COP26

    By Derek Goldman, Professor Andy Lane

    Learn about climate change from different disciplinary perspectives and how that knowledge and experience may explain and inform the outcomes of COP26.

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    Updated on:

    20 Sep 2021

  • Climate change and the importance of COP26

    Beginner level Updated 20 Sep 2021
    Learn about climate change from different disciplinary perspectives and how that knowledge and experience may explain and inform the outcomes of COP26.
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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

    Updated on:

    14 Jul 2021

  • Language of Poverty

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    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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    Article

    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...
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    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...
  • Six lessons that the Trump presidency can teach us about international relations

    By Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody, Dr Filippo Boni

    This podcast looks at some of the key developments of the Trump presidency and what they can tell us about international relations, and how we can use international relations theories to make sense of international issues. 

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    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Jan 2021

  • Six lessons that the Trump presidency can teach us about international relations

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    Introductory level Updated 29 Jan 2021
    This podcast looks at some of the key developments of the Trump presidency and what they can tell us about international relations, and how we can use...

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    This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different...

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern...

    BA (Honours) International Studies

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    Our world is divided into different societies, yet it is increasingly...

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    This wide-ranging course will develop your knowledge of history while providing a...

    Modern political ideas

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    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    In this module you'll be investigating what political ideas are, how they are...

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    Introductory level Updated 22 Nov 2021
    What makes a revolution? Why does the world suddenly change, and what are the...

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    This OU level 1 module provides an ideal introduction to the social sciences ?...

    Understanding politics: ideas and institutions in the modern world

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    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    What is politics? Who is engaged in politics locally, nationally and...

    Making your learning count

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    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    This innovative and flexible OU level 1 module allows you to count different types...

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Mar 2019
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Politics)

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    BA (Honours) Social Sciences (Politics)
    Updated 22 Nov 2021
    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

    BA (Honours) History and Politics

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    BA (Honours) History and Politics
    Updated 22 Nov 2021
    This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern...

    BA (Honours) International Studies

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    BA (Honours) International Studies
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    Our world is divided into different societies, yet it is increasingly...

    Diploma of Higher Education in History and Politics

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    Diploma of Higher Education in History and Politics
    Updated 22 Nov 2021
    This wide-ranging course will develop your knowledge of history while providing a...

    Modern political ideas

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    Modern political ideas
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    In this module you'll be investigating what political ideas are, how they are...

    Revolutions

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    Introductory level Updated 22 Nov 2021
    What makes a revolution? Why does the world suddenly change, and what are the...

    Introducing the social sciences

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    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Nov 2021
    This OU level 1 module provides an ideal introduction to the social sciences ?...