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  • Is Bitcoin a bubble - and why must it burst? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: rihaij

    Is Bitcoin a bubble - and why must it burst?

    By Brian Lucey, Larisa Yarovaya

    One view of the rising cryptocurrency Bitcoin: The numbers suggest it is over-valued and due a correction.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2018

  • Is Bitcoin a bubble - and why must it burst?

    Is Bitcoin a bubble - and why must it burst? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: rihaij New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jan 2018
    One view of the rising cryptocurrency Bitcoin: The numbers suggest it is over-valued and due a correction.
  • How can we say Bitcoin is overvalued when we don't know how to value it? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: manfredrichter
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Jan 2018

  • How can we say Bitcoin is overvalued when we don't know how to value it?

    How can we say Bitcoin is overvalued when we don't know how to value it? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: manfredrichter New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Jan 2018
    One view of the rising cryptocurrency: We can't say it's a bubble when we don't really understand the value of the currency.
  • How much electronic waste do we generate as a species? Creative commons image Icon sinkdd under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How much electronic waste do we generate as a species?

    By Madhukara Putty

    Old computers, knackered telly sets and phones that are so last year: How much of this discarded stuff is piling up?

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2018

  • How much electronic waste do we generate as a species?

    How much electronic waste do we generate as a species? Creative commons image Icon sinkdd under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Jan 2018
    Old computers, knackered telly sets and phones that are so last year: How much of this discarded stuff is piling up?
  • Straight talking collides with cyclical preferences Creative commons image Icon Ilovetheeu under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Straight talking collides with cyclical preferences

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman wonders if an 18th Century French aristocrat foresaw a twist in the Brexit vote that will trip up UK...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Jan 2018

  • Straight talking collides with cyclical preferences

    Straight talking collides with cyclical preferences Creative commons image Icon Ilovetheeu under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jan 2018
    Alan Shipman wonders if an 18th Century French aristocrat foresaw a twist in the Brexit vote that will trip up UK negotiators.
  • Does Brexit defy gravity? Creative commons image Icon Avaaz under PDM licence under Creative-Commons license

    Does Brexit defy gravity?

    By Alan Shipman

    Alan Shipman asks if research showing how trade declines with distance, endangers the vision of a post-Brexit UK...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Dec 2017

  • Does Brexit defy gravity?

    Does Brexit defy gravity? Creative commons image Icon Avaaz under PDM licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 21 Dec 2017
    Alan Shipman asks if research showing how trade declines with distance, endangers the vision of a post-Brexit UK thriving on global markets.  
  • Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes Creative commons image Icon wikicommons under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes

    By Liz McFall, Darren Umney

    Liz McFall and Darren Umney consider Milton Keynes' history and cultural heritage and argue that the city's ...

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    25 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    07 Dec 2017

  • Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes

    Culture can be brutal, just ask Milton Keynes Creative commons image Icon wikicommons under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 07 Dec 2017
    Liz McFall and Darren Umney consider Milton Keynes' history and cultural heritage and argue that the city's bidding to be 2023 Capital of Culture...
  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    By Dr Anna Plassart

    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Oct 2017

  • The People on the Notes: Adam Smith

    The People on the Notes: Adam Smith Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Bank of England
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Oct 2017
    Adam Smith, author of Wealth of Nations, has been the face of the £20 note since 2007. But have we got the wrong idea about his impact on the history of...
  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1 Creative commons image Icon cyocum under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Oct 2017

  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1

    The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1 Creative commons image Icon cyocum under CC-BY licence under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 03 Oct 2017
    How do local communities respond to the risks and opportunities of nuclear power? 
  • You and your money and Brexit Creative commons image Icon Hloom Templates under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    You and your money and Brexit

    By Jonquil Lowe

    How personal financial planning is influenced by, and impacts on, the external environment of social, economic and...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Sep 2017

  • You and your money and Brexit

    You and your money and Brexit Creative commons image Icon Hloom Templates under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Sep 2017
    How personal financial planning is influenced by, and impacts on, the external environment of social, economic and political factors, such as UK price...
  • Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree? Creative commons image Icon A Peace Of London under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree?

    By Alan Shipman

    During the recent election campaign, the Tories insisted there was no such thing as a magic money tree. But, as Alan...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    31 Aug 2017

  • Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree?

    Have vanishing debt costs created a magic money tree? Creative commons image Icon A Peace Of London under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Aug 2017
    During the recent election campaign, the Tories insisted there was no such thing as a magic money tree. But, as Alan Shipman explains, low bond yields might...

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  • The value of coffee

    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    3 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    23 Jul 2017

  • The value of coffee

    The value of coffee
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 23 Jul 2017
    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
  • Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

    Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the 'glass ceiling', ageism, racism, and so on. This free course, Economics explains...

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    05 Feb 2016

  • Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

    Economics explains discrimination in the labour market Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 05 Feb 2016
    Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the 'glass ceiling',...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

    Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: 12019
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

    BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 15 Jan 2018
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...