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The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions

The Autumn Statement 2016: First reactions Creative commons image Foreign & Commonwealth Office under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Nov 2016
Academics from around the UK share their first thoughts following Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016

OpenLearn Live: 23rd November 2016 Creative commons image Chatham House under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Updated 23 Nov 2016
What's the Autumn Statement? Apollo 11's coder honoured. Plus learning & research from around the web across the day.

Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit

Why the economy can't explain Trump or Brexit Creative commons image Gage Skidmore under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Nov 2016
Two shocks to the political system, but neither, says Eric Kaufmann, were driven by personal economic circumstances.

Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade?

Will India prove fertile ground for post-Brexit trade? Creative commons image Ajithpithu under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Nov 2016
Brexit will change the shape of the United Kingdom's trade with the world. Can we count on historic ties with India to build success in their...

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit?

Heathrow third runway: who and where will benefit? Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Updated 03 Nov 2016
Now that building a third runway at Heathrow ariport is offical government policy, we explore the costs and benefits of expanding Heathrow, using a...

OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016

OpenLearn Live: 4th August 2016 Creative commons image Kroon, Ron / Anefo; Nationaal Archief under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2016
A currency crisis creates a split in the Labour Party. Then more free learning across the day.

What is economics?

What is economics? Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Aug 2016
When you think of economics, what do you think of? The Chancellor, the economy? Well it’s about much more, covering the personal, national and...

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports?

What does Brexit mean for imports and exports? Creative commons image Danny Howard under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
When the UK has left the European Union, it's probable international trade will require new layers of bureaucracy and increased customs activity,...

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November?

Should the Americans consider the lessons of Brexit before voting this November? Creative commons image Disney | ABC Television Group under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Jul 2016
Populist policies - by definition - are easy ways to build support. But, warns Jeffrey Kucik, there could be an economic cost to be paid in...

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next?

Camer-gone and Brexit: What should we expect next? Creative commons image Number10.gov.uk under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Updated 24 Jun 2016
Events are happening very quickly today - in the last hour David Cameron has announced his intention to step down as Prime Minister following the...

The UK votes out: Instant reaction

The UK votes out: Instant reaction Creative commons image Eric Fischer - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
The vote to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the worlds of politics, economics, and beyond. The Conversation polls a group of...

OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 24th June 2016 Creative commons image Kent Kanouse under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Jun 2016
Businesses, experts and academics react to the Leave vote. Plus, an election where nobody turned out to vote. Free learning from across the...

OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016

OpenLearn Live: 10th June 2016 Creative commons image Charlton Clemens under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Jun 2016
The Swiss were offered a basic income for everyone. How did they react? Then more free learning across the day.

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty?

What does toilet paper teach us about poverty? Creative commons image paul under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 May 2016
The purchasing pattern of a bathroom staple has a lot to teach us about how poverty works. Atif Kukaswadia explains.

Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Apr 2016
Is the loss to the global economy of the "winter vomiting virus" hard to swallow?

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted

Why the UK can't take business support for the EU for granted Creative commons image Dave Catchpole - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2016
Corporate response to the EU Referendum may be more complex that we might have anticipated, Sofia Vasilopoulou explains why.

60 second adventures: Behind the scenes

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60 second adventures: Behind the scenes Creative commons image Julianlim, via Flickr under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
Go behind the scenes with the 60-second adventures team to learn how OU academic content is transformed into informative and entertaining short...

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced

The UK's EU Referendum Introduced Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Updated 07 Apr 2016
Start here for some general information about the UK's upcoming EU Referendum.

Even Brexit backers can’t make the sums work for UK to quit EU

Even Brexit backers can’t make the sums work for UK to quit EU Copyright free image Copyright free: Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Nauro Campos argues that even Brexit backers fail to make a clear financial case for the UK leaving the EU.

The UK deal with the EU explained: what it says and what it means

The UK deal with the EU explained: what it says and what it means Creative commons image tristam sparks - flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 04 Apr 2016
Steve Peers investigates the four issues David Cameron wanted to renegotiate with the EU: free movement for EU citizens; UK sovereignty;...

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

How happiness is challenging GDP as the measure of a country’s health Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Mar 2016
Professor Paul Anand explains why income isn't the be all and end all of life quality when we measure happiness.

How would post-Brexit trade deals actually work?

How would post-Brexit trade deals actually work? Creative commons image European Parliament Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
How realistic is the idea that Britain will make a Free Trade Agreement with the EU if we leave the EU?

Budget 2016: The Experts Respond

Budget 2016: The Experts Respond Creative commons image Ian Muttoo under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Mar 2016
Earlier today, George Osborne delivered his latest budget, against a backdrop of increasing problems. A panel of experts share their first...

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The value of coffee

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The value of coffee
Introductory level Duration 3 hours Updated 22 Aug 2016
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...

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 05 Feb 2016
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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 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 08 Dec 2016
How do businesses develop strategies, handle risk and take decisions? What’s involved in essential business functions such as marketing, accounting...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

The uses of social science

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The uses of social science Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
What can social science tell us about the social world? How can it help us solve the troubles and dilemmas of private and public life?

Doing economics: people, markets and policy

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Doing economics: people, markets and policy Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Examine the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, businesses and governments and make critical judgements of...

Running the economy

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Running the economy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
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...

Personal investment in an uncertain world

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Personal investment in an uncertain world Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Explores some of the concepts that underpin investment planning and examines how investment planning decisions are affected by economic uncertainty.

You and your money: personal finance in context

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You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...

International relations: continuity and change in global politics

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International relations: continuity and change in global politics Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 08 Dec 2016 Register by 14 Sep 2017
Studying this module will help you to understand the key areas of change and the major problems in international relations today.