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  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

    By Paul Anderson

    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Apr 2018

  • Why is Scotland unlikely to get its own Brexit deal

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Apr 2018
    Paul Anderson believes the concerns of Spain make it unlikely that Scotland will get a special deal as the UK starts negotiations to leave the EU.
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Mar 2018

  • How happiness is challenging GDP as the measure of a country’s health

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Mar 2018
    The 2018 World Happiness Report found Finland as the worlds happiest country which proves income does not necessarily lead to happiness says ...
  • The 2018 Spring Statement: A first reaction

    By Geraint Johnes

    Chancellor Philip Hammond is claiming to be Tiggerish as he surveys the economy. But those looking for a giveaway...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Mar 2018

  • The 2018 Spring Statement: A first reaction

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Mar 2018
    Chancellor Philip Hammond is claiming to be Tiggerish as he surveys the economy. But those looking for a giveaway bounce might be in for a disappointment,...
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    15 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Feb 2018

  • A short guide to the Customs Union: An OpenLearn watching brief

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    Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 28 Feb 2018
    Want to understand the question of being inside or outside the European Customs Union - and why it matters? Our collection of short videos will help make...
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    28 Feb 2018

  • Should we tax robots who replace humans in the workplace?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Feb 2018
    Could the taxation system provide a solution to the rise of automation?
  • Young people are not apathetic

    By Samantha Fletcher

    Samantha Fletcher, Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology, reflects on political change within...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    22 Feb 2018

  • Young people are not apathetic

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Feb 2018
    Samantha Fletcher, Lecturer in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology, reflects on political change within the UK and the global response to...
  • Brexit: an economic strategy from the left?

    By Molly Scott Cato, Julian Sayarer

    If we are agreed that the UK economy needs an overhaul from the Left, where does Brexit come in? Interview with Green...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Feb 2018

  • Brexit: an economic strategy from the left?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Feb 2018
    If we are agreed that the UK economy needs an overhaul from the Left, where does Brexit come in? Interview with Green MEP Molly Scott Cato.
  • Green Brexit?

    By Julian Sayarer, Jennifer Jones

    Recent months have seen green added to the red, white and blue Brexit boasted by Theresa May. Green Party peer and...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Feb 2018

  • Green Brexit?

    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 19 Feb 2018
    Recent months have seen green added to the red, white and blue Brexit boasted by Theresa May. Green Party peer and Leave voter, Jenny Jones, explores the...
  • Climate change is triple risk to Europe

    By Tim Radford

    New studies confirm climate change’s triple risk to Europe. The heat is on, lives are at risk and the floods are...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Feb 2018

  • Climate change is triple risk to Europe

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Feb 2018
    New studies confirm climate change’s triple risk to Europe. The heat is on, lives are at risk and the floods are arriving earlier.
  • What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

    By Dr Andrew Grainger

    When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and...

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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    05 Feb 2018

  • What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Feb 2018
    When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity, warns...
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    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
    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.
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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
    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?

    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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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    11 Jan 2018

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

    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

    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

    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?

    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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    Article

    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    21 Dec 2017

  • Does Brexit defy gravity?

    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

    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

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    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...
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    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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    Article

    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...
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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Oct 2017

  • The Legacy of Nuclear Power: Part 1

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    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

    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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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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    Article

    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Aug 2017

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

    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...
  • 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?

    Featuring: Audio Audio
    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...
  • Activity

    20 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    03 Aug 2017

  • Timeline: The History of Technology and Silicon Valley

    Featuring: Activity Activity
    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...
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    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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    Article

    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

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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

    Updated on:

    19 Apr 2018

  • The value of coffee

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    The value of coffee
    Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 19 Apr 2018
    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
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    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

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    05 Mar 2018

  • Economics explains discrimination in the labour market

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    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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 21 May 2018
    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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 21 May 2018
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

    Course Course
    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    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
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    Where do social order (and disorder) come from? How can we make ourselves richer,...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 21 May 2018
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...
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