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Political insights: Prime Minister's Questions

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
Are PMQs just a political Punch and Judy? Top parliamentary sketchwriters join Open University academic Richard Heffernan in this video discussion.

Thirty-five winters of discontent

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Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.

Prisoner students - learning to escape?

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Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jan 2015
As the government gears up to making universities and prisons responsible for deterring radicalisation can The Open University (OU) look...

General Election 2015 - 100 days to go: Winter of Discontent

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2015
Find out why the events of the 1979 Winter of Discontent went down in political folklore. 

Social Science and Psychology Discussion Hub

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Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Social Science and Psychology Pathway with Pathways to Success. 

Europe's lost art of money-making

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Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jan 2015
European Central Bank just announced its first step into Quantitative Easing (QE), but can injecting money into the economy single-handedly save...

Social Science and Psychology Green Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond

Poverty in Scotland 2014: The Independence Referendum and Beyond Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University New content
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Poverty in Scotland 2014 looks at the September 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the different constitutional futures that were then...

The exclusion debate: Discussion hub

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Updated 14 Jan 2015
Everyone has a right to education. But how do you manage to deliver that when pupils have been excluded?

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Changing law: mental capacity legislation

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Masters level Duration 10 hours Updated 07 Jan 2015
The aim of the unit is to consider how legal problems are identified and how the law develops to address those problems. It uses the evolution of...

Privacy rights and the law

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Introductory level Duration 20 hours Updated 26 Sep 2014
Privacy has long been recognised as an important human right – but how does society balance this right with the protection of others, such as the...

Exploring the boundaries of international law

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Masters level Duration 15 hours Updated 16 Sep 2014
This unit of study is designed to provide you with an introduction to key concepts which underpin your study of international law. It introduces...

Contemporary Wales

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Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

An introduction to law in contemporary Scotland

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 14 Aug 2014
Many aspects of the law in Scotland are different from those of England and Wales. Centuries of development and growth have been influenced by...

Political ordering

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Political ordering Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
This unit asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Beginning from an...

Innovation, markets and industrial change

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
How does a firm emerge as ‘leader of the pack’? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This unit...

Information technology: A new era?

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have...

Living and working in the new economy

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)

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Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry) Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
If you’re already a graduate, with a first degree or masters degree in any subject from a UK university or recognised overseas university, you can...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
Are you fascinated by life’s big questions? Are you thinking about studying for a degree? The Certificate of Higher Education in Natural Sciences...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Environment

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Certificate of Higher Education in Environment Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
How can we best think about and live sustainably within natural and built environments, given the pressures that threaten them? This certificate is...

BA/BSc Open degree

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Duration 3000 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education in Natural Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
If you’re curious about the world we live in and enjoy delving into a wide range of scientific topics, the DipHE in Natural Sciences is for you....

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Jan 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...