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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Politics, philosophy and economics (PPE) are central to understanding how modern societies are organised and governed. By studying them together you'll gain a combination of skills that's in high demand across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Whilst PPE has been described as 'the degree that runs Britain', this combination is better viewed as the study of how countries are run, what motivates and constrains their rulers and residents, and how social order and prosperity are best understood and promoted. All three disciplines are presented in up-to-date form, covering alternative as well as 'mainstream' approaches and firmly rooted in the real world.

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about ourselves and our place in the social and physical universe. In this degree you'll investigate a range of philosophical debates about ethics, justice, scientific knowledge, religion, art, and the self. You'll cover the core approaches in social, cognitive and developmental psychology, and some applied aspects of professional practice. You'll learn to read and understand scientific and philosophical texts; use different research methods; communicate clearly and logically; and work and think independently.

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MA Philosophy part 2 free course icon

History & The Arts 

MA Philosophy part 2

The module will complete your study for the MA in Philosophy. You'll study: the emotions, Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, and 'the problem of dirty hands'. Your tutor will help you build on your capacity for independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. The tutorial strategy, which involves both tutors and module team authors, will encourage independent thought using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. Finally, you will be able to complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, provided it is linked to at least one of the topics studied on the MA.

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MA Philosophy part 1 free course icon

History & The Arts 

MA Philosophy part 1

The module will introduce you to graduate-level philosophy through the study of four varied and interesting areas: the beauty of nature; a classic text in Ancient Philosophy ? Plato's ; the nature of consciousness; and issues surrounding global justice. Your tutor will guide you through issues such as conducting independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. There is also a comprehensive tutorial strategy that involves both tutors and module team authors. The module encourages independent thought and independent study using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. You can use this module to extend your studies in the subject, or to change to philosophy from another discipline.

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Socrates - Teacher, Paragon or Chatterbox? article icon

History & The Arts 

Socrates - Teacher, Paragon or Chatterbox?

Dr Carolyn Price discusses the legacy of Socrates, the father of moral philosophy.

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A conference to honour Baruch Spinoza's forgotten masterpiece: Tractatus Theologico-Politicus video icon

History & The Arts 

A conference to honour Baruch Spinoza's forgotten masterpiece: Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Watch video recordings of speaker presentations from a conference, which examined and celebrated the 350th anniversary of the publication of Baruch Spinoza's forgotten masterpiece: Tractatus Theologico-Politicus.

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3 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Why do we need free speech?

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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History & The Arts 

Trouble in paradise: The Dutch golden age

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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Education & Development 

Free online Philosophy / Religious Studies courses

Discover these free Philosophy and Religious Studies courses on OpenLearn.

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History & The Arts 

Simone de Beauvoir and the feminist revolution

In this free course you will study the ideas of philosopher Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). In doing so you will also briefly study the philosophy of Beauvoir’s lifelong partner, philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. The type of philosophy that links them is called ‘existentialism’. Beauvoir and Sartre are the foremost philosophers of French existentialism. You will read extracts of Beauvoir’s work and learn about the existential view of the human being as free and responsible for his or her actions. You will discover that Beauvoir argues that women are generally conceived of as ‘Other’, that is different from a supposed neutral human being. This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course A113 Revolutions63and is part of a set of four OpenLearn courses, covering Revolutions of the Sixties64.   Transcript

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4 hrs
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History & The Arts 

The ethics of cultural heritage

This free course, The ethics of cultural heritage, provides the basic theory behind the protection of cultural property in war zones and is presented in three parts: the protection of cultural property; the legal basis for that protection; and accounts of proportionality (that is, on deciding whether or not there is a feasible alternative to damaging cultural property).

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12 hrs
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History & The Arts 

Buddhism's four Noble Truths

This animation explores the Buddha's Four Noble Truths.

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5 mins
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