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Is norovirus an economic threat?

Is norovirus an economic threat? Creative commons image bixentro under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license New content
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...

Is New Day a false dawn for the print industry?

Is New Day a false dawn for the print industry? Creative commons image Marion Doss under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Feb 2016
The Independent announced the closure of its print edition, but almost straight away Trinity Mirror said they'd launch a new paper. What's...

Ahead of Super Tuesday, what have we learned about the candidates?

Ahead of Super Tuesday, what have we learned about the candidates? Creative commons image Clay Masters / Iowa Public Radio under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Feb 2016
Super Tuesday - when large numbers of states hold their primaries - is a key day in the US Presidential election process. A week out, where are the...

How large is the UK alternative finance sector?

How large is the UK alternative finance sector? Creative commons image Jim Linwood under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2016
New research estimates the size of non-mainstream financial activity at over three billion pounds - and although growth is starting to slow, the...

EU Referendum - Sovereignty

EU Referendum - Sovereignty Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Updated 09 Feb 2016
Explore the issues surrounding sovereignty in the EU Referendum debate, including global trade, currency, two speed union and the parliament veto.

EU Referendum - Economy

EU Referendum - Economy Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Updated 09 Feb 2016
Explore the issues surrounding economy in the EU Referendum debate, including the internal market, money, global trade and national policies.

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 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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 01 May 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: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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: The Open University / Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...

Introduction to financial services

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Introduction to financial services Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 100 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 25 Apr 2016
Explore the historical development of financial services in the UK and examine how the sector is currently structured and regulated.

International relations: continuity and change in global politics

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International relations: continuity and change in global politics Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 01 May 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Studying this module will help you to understand the key areas of change and the major problems in international relations today.