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Is public spending a drain on the economy or the mark of a civilised society?

Is public spending a drain on the economy or the mark of a civilised society? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Dec 2015
Read this article outlining arguements in debate held under the auspices of the Social Sciences Student Connections, Big Conversation. 

When is the best time to buy plane tickets?

When is the best time to buy plane tickets? Copyright free image Copyright free: Arivaran
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Dec 2015
Myths and systems claiming to help you get the best possible deal on airline tickets abound. But what's the truth? How should you time your...

The 2015 Autumn Statement: First responses

The 2015 Autumn Statement: First responses Creative commons image Altogetherfool under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
Experts give a first reaction to George Osborne's 2015 Spending Review and the Autumn Statement.

Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services?

Will more money for the NHS deliver for midwife services? Creative commons image Jim Linwood under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
In pre-announcements before the Autumn Statement, new money for the NHS was being promised. But will it help solve the crisis in midwifery services...

Why has the welfare cap become so complex?

Why has the welfare cap become so complex? Creative commons image CAFOD under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Nov 2015
George Osborne's changes to his welfare cap in the July 2015 budget have made a simple measure almost too complex, say Christine Whitehead and Emma...

What is the 2015 Autumn Statement all about?

What is the 2015 Autumn Statement all about? Creative commons image Mrgarethm under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Nov 2015
The OU's Alan Shipman offers a guide to the things to watch for when George Osborne presents his autumn statement this Wednesday.

Power to the People

Power to the People Copyrighted image Copyright: Kelly Machin/ Blast Films
Updated 04 Nov 2015
This three-part OU/BBC series looks at SSE, one of the Big Six energy companies, and how they are battling to keep electricity flowing to our homes...

Why is there a tax on tampons - and why is it so hard to make sanitary protection tax free?

Why is there a tax on tampons - and why is it so hard to make sanitary protection tax free? Creative commons image Dave Morice under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
A decision taken back in the 1970s means 21st Century women are being taxed for their gender. But, says Michael J Randall, fixing things isn't that...

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Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

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Economics explains discrimination in the labour market Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 07 Sep 2015
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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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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BA (Honours) Politics, Philosophy and Economics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer, and does society always gain? What does justice mean, how do we...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...