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  • 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

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    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...
  • How do social networks play a key role in disaster recovery? Creative commons image Icon Warren Antiola under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How do social networks play a key role in disaster recovery?

    By Daniel P Aldrich

    As Houston continues to experience overwhelming flooding after Hurricane Harvey, lessons from Japan's tsunami of 2011...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Aug 2017

  • How do social networks play a key role in disaster recovery?

    How do social networks play a key role in disaster recovery? Creative commons image Icon Warren Antiola under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Aug 2017
    As Houston continues to experience overwhelming flooding after Hurricane Harvey, lessons from Japan's tsunami of 2011 show the value of social networks in...
  • British public open to compromise on Brexit deal, new research finds Creative commons image Icon [trading] by Humberto Acevedo, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    17 Aug 2017

  • British public open to compromise on Brexit deal, new research finds

    British public open to compromise on Brexit deal, new research finds Creative commons image Icon [trading] by Humberto Acevedo, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Aug 2017
    What kind of Brexit do the people want?
  • Should Economics and the Environment work together?

    By Vicky Johnson

    The recent UK general election saw many parties pledge to ‘improve’ the environment. Vicky Johnson considers progress...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Aug 2017

  • Should Economics and the Environment work together?

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    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2017
    The recent UK general election saw many parties pledge to ‘improve’ the environment. Vicky Johnson considers progress can be measured by more closely...
  • Timeline: The History of Technology and Silicon Valley Creative commons image Icon Matthew Yohe [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
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    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Aug 2017

  • Timeline: The History of Technology and Silicon Valley

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    Timeline: The History of Technology and Silicon Valley Creative commons image Icon Matthew Yohe [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 03 Aug 2017
    Who created the computer? What was the first video game? When did Apple first make $1bn? When was Facebook founded? Get the answers in our...
  • What happens to the poorest in a cashless society? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: itkannan4u

    What happens to the poorest in a cashless society?

    By Dana Kornberg

    The race to contactless transactions and virtual currency puts those with least at the most risk, warns Dana Kornberg

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    02 Aug 2017

  • What happens to the poorest in a cashless society?

    What happens to the poorest in a cashless society? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: itkannan4u
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Aug 2017
    The race to contactless transactions and virtual currency puts those with least at the most risk, warns Dana Kornberg
  • What do you need to know about Donald Trump's nominee to oversee US banking? Creative commons image Icon Fed Building: AgnosticPreachersKid / Randal Qaurles image US Treasury handout under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    02 Aug 2017

  • What do you need to know about Donald Trump's nominee to oversee US banking?

    What do you need to know about Donald Trump's nominee to oversee US banking? Creative commons image Icon Fed Building: AgnosticPreachersKid / Randal Qaurles image US Treasury handout under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Updated 02 Aug 2017
    Randal Quarles has been nominated by Donald Trump to take over at the US Federal Reserve. But who is Randal Quarles - and what might he do at the Fed?

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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

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    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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    8 hours

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    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

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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    Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
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    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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    BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    BA (Honours) Business Studies

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    BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s...

    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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    BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 13 Nov 2017
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...