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    Hero and Villain: Robert Clive of the East India Company

    By Dr Suki Haider

    Robert Clive, a general of the East India Company, was despised by his contemporaries – so why was a statue of him erected outside the foreign office by the Edwardians years later?

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    09 Nov 2020

  • Hero and Villain: Robert Clive of the East India Company

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    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 09 Nov 2020
    Robert Clive, a general of the East India Company, was despised by his contemporaries – so why was a statue of him erected outside the foreign office by...
  • How do you become US President?

    By Dr Richard Heffernan

    Millions of Americans will head to the polls today to vote in the US election. Fancy running in 2024? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics of the system.

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    03 Nov 2020

  • How do you become US President?

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    Millions of Americans will head to the polls today to vote in the US election. Fancy running in 2024? Dr Richard Heffernan has some advice on the mechanics...
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    23 Sep 2020

  • Rosa Parks and Rob Williams sparked a revolution against racism – but has the US squandered their legacy?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Sep 2020
    When Rosa Parks caught a bus on 1 December 1955, she created a moment of history. Dr Anthony Gunter looks at how the struggles for integration still...
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    Five Inspiring Black Trailblazers from across Europe

    By The OpenLearn team

    In recognition of Black History Month, we've complied a list and short biography of five black trailblazers from across Europe. 

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Sep 2020

  • Five Inspiring Black Trailblazers from across Europe

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    In recognition of Black History Month, we've complied a list and short biography of five black trailblazers from across Europe. 
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    The Special Adviser’s Tale, or Political Storytelling in the Time of Covid

    By Dr Philip Seargeant

    When Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown rules, how did the attempts to 'change the narrative' by Cummings and the government defy the logic of storytelling?

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    08 Jun 2020

  • The Special Adviser’s Tale, or Political Storytelling in the Time of Covid

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    When Dominic Cummings broke the COVID-19 lockdown rules, how did the attempts to 'change the narrative' by Cummings and the government defy the...
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    Remembering Thatcherism

    By Dr Geoff Andrews

    How will the way we remember Thatcher and Thatcherism have a bearing on contemporary politics? This article from 2013 looks back at the response to her death...  

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    10 mins

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    01 Feb 2020

  • Remembering Thatcherism

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Feb 2020
    How will the way we remember Thatcher and Thatcherism have a bearing on contemporary politics? This article from 2013 looks back at the response to her death...
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    Exclusive interview with Ed Balls

    Watch Ed Balls’ exclusive interview with The Open University, about his travels in Europe.

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    22 Jan 2020

  • Exclusive interview with Ed Balls

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    Watch Ed Balls’ exclusive interview with The Open University, about his travels in Europe.
  • Charting Europe’s populism

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman reviews populist politics in Europe and asks whether it is on the rise.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Jan 2020

  • Charting Europe’s populism

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2020
    Alan Shipman reviews populist politics in Europe and asks whether it is on the rise.
  • Five factors driving Europe’s populism

    By Alan Shipman

    Populism within politics has been on the increase in recent years. Alan Shipman looks at the reasons behind this.

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Jan 2020

  • Five factors driving Europe’s populism

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2020
    Populism within politics has been on the increase in recent years. Alan Shipman looks at the reasons behind this.
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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    22 Jan 2020

  • Politics, migration and questions of legality: can migrants be illegal?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jan 2020
    Professor Jo Phoenix looks at the issues of legality around migration and the hard borders which are built across the world.

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  • Legal skills and debates in Scotland

    This free course Legal skills and debates in Scotland considers how laws are interpreted and applied It looks at legislation court judgments argument judicial reasoning and rights It also explores the relationship between societys values and the laws which it supports and how policy and rights influence development of law

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    This free course, Legal skills and debates in Scotland, considers how laws are...
  • Scottish courts and the law

    This free course Scottish courts and the law explores the role function and purpose of the courts in Scotland and their relationship with the law You consider the way in which cases come to court the difference between the criminal and civil justice systems the separation of powers how individuals may become involved with the court system the alternatives to courts that have evolved in recent decades and future advances that are being considered You learn about the work of lawyers and the judiciary and explore how Scottish courts and tribunals operate in an open and transparent way working to ensure justice

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    This free course, Scottish courts and the law, explores the role, function and...
  • Law and change: Scottish legal heroes

    This free course explores the lawmaking process in Scotland and considers how the legal system has been influenced by change You consider how Scots law and lawyers have influenced advances in the law on a global national and local scale Throughout the course you consider how individuals and institutions have effected change You explore how law has been used to respond to developments in society and whether it should influence them You consider how words and concepts such as principled conscience duty justice rights and fairness are often associated with law and their relevance in Scotland today

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    This free course explores the law-making process in Scotland and considers how the...
  • The Scottish Parliament and law making

    This free course The Scottish Parliament and law making explores the law making powers of the Scottish Parliament and examines its place in the UKs constitution It considers how and why laws are made by both the Scottish and UK Parliaments before exploring devolved matters reserved matters legislative competence secondary legislation and the work of MSPs and MPs It discusses the characteristics of the constitution the importance of the concept of the rule of law how an Act of Parliament is structured and considers how and why members of the public are encouraged to become involved with the work of the Scottish Parliament

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    This free course, The Scottish Parliament and law making, explores the law making...
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    Rising China and Africa's development: oil

    China has emerged as a global economic superpower over the past few decades This has sparked intense academic and popular debate about the longterm implications of its continued growth The expansion of China into African countries in pursuit of natural resources has incited particular controversy does it spell increased cooperation between developing countries for mutual benefit or are Chinese practices largely exploitative signalling a new phase of neocolonialism This free course Rising China and Africas development oil considers the impact of the rise of China on Africas development through the lens of oil production

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    08 Jan 2020

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    China has emerged as a global economic superpower over the past few decades. This...
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity

    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority This explores how legal and socialcultural attitudes have changed significantly over time and demonstrates how much they have changed in recent years Legal approaches to sexual orientation and gender identity cover a range of different areas of law including criminal employment and family law The focus will be on the approach of English law which generally covers the law applying in both England and Wales but reference will also be made to the approach in other countries

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    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or...
  • 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 answers are difficult to come by What politics is and equally who does it and where it is done are hotly debated and highly contested This OpenLearn course will introduce you to some of these debates and their implications for the study and practice of politics

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    This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It...
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    Social psychology and politics

    Why are social psychologists interested in politics and how can they help us understand things like social movements protest and activism This free course Social psychology and politics moves away from a statecentric study of politics and using insights from social psychology explores the role of identity personality and culture for political action The course introduces a critical perspective considering how psychologists themselves can be activists and interrogating the norms of good citizenship in Western societies

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    Art and the Mexican Revolution

    In this free course Art and the Mexican Revolution you will explore one of Diego Riveras key murals which was commissioned by the Mexican government in the period after the Mexican Revolution of 19101920 These monumental public artworks designed to win over the Mexican peasantry and workingclass to the new postrevolutionary state brought Mexican mural artists international acclaim and Rivera was subsequently awarded important commissions in the United States Yet due to his commitment to a figurative form of propaganda Riveras reputation suffered during the Cold War period and these Mexican murals are now largely left out of dominant accounts of twentiethcentury United States art

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  • Constitutions in transition

    This free course Constitutions in transition explores and compares the development of four nationstate constitutions from around the world South Africa Germany Canada and the United Kingdom It looks at some of the factors influencing how constitutions come to be as they are through a process of evolution and revolution ultimately focusing on the key concepts and principles underlying the UK constitution

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

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    You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification....

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