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The permanently upturned economy

The permanently upturned economy Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Jun 2015
The Chancellor’s confidence that he can outlaw budget deficits reflects improbably widespread belief in the length and strength of recovery, writes...

How Amelia Mauresmo smashed the glass wall

How Amelia Mauresmo smashed the glass wall Creative commons image Credit: Carine06 under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Jun 2015
Andy Murray has confirmed that his coach Amelia Mauresmo will be at his side for Wimbledon 2015, and that expecting her first child in August won't...

Sacred and secular: How to research a blog post

Sacred and secular: How to research a blog post Creative commons image Credit: Gordon Giles under CC-BY-ND-2.5 licence New content
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 22 Jun 2015
Find out about the sacred and secular project and how to research law and religion cases for your blog posts on the subject. 

The Laurie Taylor interviews

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The Laurie Taylor interviews Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 19 Jun 2015
Why does Laurie Taylor think sociology is important? What advice does he have for our students? In this series of videos the Thinking...

Laurie Taylor interview: What would your advice be to anyone starting a Social Sciences degree?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What would your advice be to anyone starting a Social Sciences degree? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jun 2015
Laurie Taylor, Radio 4 presenter and former professor of Sociology at York, gives advice to those starting a degree in Social Sciences. 

Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
In this short video, Laurie Taylor mulls over the key trends that have occured during his lifetime in the field of sociology.

Laurie Taylor interview: What do you think about the growing popularity of criminology?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What do you think about the growing popularity of criminology? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
Laurie Taylor explores why he thinks criminology is growing in popularity in the world of social sciences in this video. 

Laurie Taylor interview: Why is there such a gap between politics and academic findings?

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Laurie Taylor interview: Why is there such a gap between politics and academic findings? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
Social Sciences student, David Sutton asked Laurie Taylor: "Why is there such a gap between politics/policy and academic findings and what can do...

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Modern slavery

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Modern slavery Copyrighted image Credit: © Richard D Kaplan Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 24 Jun 2015
This free course focuses on the topic of modern slavery. It is designed to develop an understanding of the international system of human rights...

The law-making process in England and Wales

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The law-making process in England and Wales Creative commons image Credit: Recardo Andre Frantz in Wikipedia made available under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_Commons Updated content
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jun 2015
This free course, The law-making process in England and Wales, introduces you to the sources of law and law-making process in England and Wales. It...

What is politics?

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What is politics?
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 05 Jun 2015
This free course, What is politics?, introduces you to the world of politics. It is dedicated primarily to answering the question of what politics...

Introducing ageing

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Introducing ageing Copyrighted image Credit: Copyright © Debbie Crouch
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 than previous generations. This is...

Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

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Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency Copyright free image Credit: Copyright © Sam Scott-Hunter/Photofusion (Jaguar 32785)
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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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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Innovation, markets and industrial change Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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...

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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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Jul 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
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Jul 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...