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You've got your Scottish pound - why don't you use it?

You've got your Scottish pound - why don't you use it? Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards New content
Updated 07 Apr 2014
Campaigners, upset at being excluded from the UK pound, should think of what they might gain by creating their own, argues Alan Shipman in the...

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy

The Crimea adventure exposes Russia's wobbly economy Copyrighted image Credit: Andreykr | Dreamstime.com
Updated 04 Apr 2014
Although Crimea might look like a victory for Vladimir Putin's Russia, a closer look shows an economically exposed nation, says Alan Shipman.

How equal is your equality?

How equal is your equality? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 21 Mar 2014
Equality is possible but only if the West gets used to living on less, writes Steven Primrose-Smith.

Moving out the red: The experience of leaving Communism behind

Moving out the red: The experience of leaving Communism behind Creative commons image Credit: Paul K under CC-BY-NC licence
Updated 19 Mar 2014
Chris Swader talks about the experiences of moving from a communist to a capitalist society - and why learning to tell untruths was just one of the...

Baffled by Bitcoin

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Updated 14 Mar 2014
The magic of the world’s first ‘crypto currency’ is still lost on most monetary experts, writes Alan Shipman.

Would you buy a secondhand MINT from this economist?

Would you buy a secondhand MINT from this economist? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 21 Jan 2014
Predicting which nations will take off in the 21st century can be a random process. Alan Shipman explains.

Xenophobia over Romanian and Bulgarian immigration masks a bigger concern

 Xenophobia over Romanian and Bulgarian immigration masks a bigger concern Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 06 Jan 2014
Worst-case scenarios invoked by the right ignore a bigger disaster: the impact on Britain if we no longer attract migrants, argues The Guardian's...

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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...

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Introduction to financial services

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Introduction to financial services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Introductory Level Duration 100 hours Updated 30 Apr 2013 Register by 24 Jul 2013
Explore the historical development of financial services in the UK and examine how the sector is currently structured and regulated.This course is...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 300 hours Updated 14 Apr 2013 Register by 09 Apr 2014
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty...

Running the economy

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Running the economy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 27 Mar 2013 Register by 04 Sep 2013
Learn how to think like an economist and understand the problems of running the national and global economy after the outbreak of a major economic...

Doing economics: people, markets and policy

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Doing economics: people, markets and policy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced Level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Jan 2013 Register by 09 Jan 2014
Examine the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, businesses and governments and make critical judgements of...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
You’ll gain a good grounding in a broad range of mathematical, statistical and computational skills as well as an understanding of economic theory...

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
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This diploma will give you the knowledge, competencies and business skills to develop and progress a career in the financial services industry.With...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This foundation degree will give you the knowledge, competencies and business skills to develop and progress a career in the financial services...

BA (Honours) Business Studies

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BA (Honours) Business Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 14 Mar 2012
This is a flexible degree that’s accessible and relevant to your workplace. You’ll study how organisations work, how they’re managed, and the...

Economics and economic change

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Economics and economic change Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate Level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2012 Register by 10 Jan 2013
Are we living through a new, ICT-led industrial revolution? Explore key topics in contemporary economics while developing your ICT skills through...