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Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground

Liberals saw their chance to build on an abandoned middle ground Copyrighted image Credit: Davidwatmough | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
In the lead up to the 2015 General Election, Alan Shipman looks back at how the Liberals built on the abandoned middle ground. 

The Conservative Manifesto - Then and Now

The Conservative Manifesto - Then and Now Copyrighted image Credit: Newsfocus1 | Dreamstime.com New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
Alan Shipman looks back at the 1979 Conservative Manifesto and compares it to their modern day manifesto. 

Labour paid the price for a decade of economic derailment

Labour paid the price for a decade of economic derailment Copyrighted image Credit: Highwaystarz | Dreamstime.com New content
Intermediate level Duration 15 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Alan Shipman discusses why convincing voters that 'Labour is the better way' was a tough job in 1979. 

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

How much government funding do universities get?

How much government funding do universities get? Creative commons image Credit: Stephen McKay under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
John Brennan explains the latest statistics on state funding for universities.

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives

How(e) 'Labour Isn't Working' did the job for the Conservatives Copyrighted image Credit: Chris Ware / stringer
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
Alan Shipman discusses how Saatchi and Saatchi's 'Labour Isn't Working' campaign became the poster-child of political advertising.

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved

Economic problems of 1979 were buried, not resolved Copyrighted image Credit: Presiyan Panayotov | Dreamstime.com
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...

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
Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Mar 2015
As the Chancellor seeks to unlock more pension savings, are there risks alongside the benefits on offer?

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.

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Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

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Economics explains discrimination in the labour market Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Jul 2011
Discrimination in the labour market exists in many forms: the ‘glass ceiling’ ageism, racism, etc. This unit will help you look at this problem...

Wales: Culture and identity

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Wales: Culture and identity Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Mar 2011
Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national...

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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 19 Apr 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...

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 19 Apr 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Apr 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 19 Apr 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

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 19 Apr 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 19 Apr 2015
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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Apr 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 19 Apr 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Apr 2015
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 Credit: iStock Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 19 Apr 2015
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...