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Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Mar 2015
In the lead up to the General Election, Alan Shipman discusses how the economic problems of 1979 were swept under the carpet, but they are not off...

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution

1979: The First Scottish Referendum on Devolution Copyrighted image Credit: Bram Janssens | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 23 Mar 2015
The 1979 Scottish Devolution Referendum set in motion political shifts that are still playing-out today, argues Gerry Mooney.

Will pension reform give older people the freedom they seek?

Will pension reform give older people the freedom they seek? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2015
As the Chancellor seeks to unlock more pension savings, are there risks alongside the benefits on offer?

Left or right? What should we do about political bias in the Social Sciences

Left or right? What should we do about political bias in the Social Sciences Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Mar 2015
The question of bias in academic disciplines is one that has resurfaced in recent years, particular in relation to the Social Sciences. 

Beyond formal learning – supporting communities of life-long learners

Beyond formal learning – supporting communities of life-long learners Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Mar 2015
The OU fostered the collective construction of knowledge by helping learners build social connetctions, and by offering realistic objectives and...

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Result

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Result Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Updated 02 Mar 2015
What did the results of the Scottish Independence Referendum mean for the current British constitutional set-up?

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Introduction

The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum - Introduction Creative commons image Credit: By The Laird of Oldham via Flickr under Creative Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 30 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
This series of articles introduces you to the main themes and issues that informed the Scottish Independence Debate.

Climate change: Think risk not fact

Climate change: Think risk not fact Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Mar 2015
Dr. Joe Smith, Senior Lecturer in Environment at The Open University discusses how we should focus on risk when looking at climate change. 

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Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch Updated content
Introductory level Duration 11 hours Updated 24 Mar 2015
Everyone is ageing, whatever their current age, and we live in a world where many people are living much longer that previous generations. This is...

Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

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Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Feb 2015
This OpenLearn course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

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...

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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Information technology: A new era? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

Reading and note taking - preparation for study

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This unit will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter...

Learning from audio-visual material: Introducing surveillance

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Learning from audio-visual material: Introducing surveillance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Looking at the theme of surveillance as a multifaceted everyday practice, this unit will show you the value of using audio visual material in your...

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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 26 Mar 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Mar 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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 Mar 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 26 Mar 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Mar 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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 Mar 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...