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Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises

Anti-globalisation falters as nationalism rises Creative commons image Credit: Lohen 11 via Wikmedia under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 20 Oct 2014
The rise of movements based around nationalist ideals isn't simply a reaction to globalisation, believes Peter Bloom.

Oecumene: Citizenship after Orientalism

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Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 03 Mar 2014
How do we define being a citizen?  In what ways has the idea of citizenship expanded?

Does longevity have a role in clothing?

Does longevity have a role in clothing? Creative commons image Credit: Stephen Burch under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2013
Making clothes overseas needn't be a bad thing - providing the items aren't throwaway.

The IPCC report in a social nutshell

The IPCC report in a social nutshell Copyrighted image Credit: Production team - grabbed from rough cut
Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Sep 2013
As the IPCC publishes its report on Climate Change, Mark Brandon collects the headline thoughts of author Piers Forster.

Postcode patterns

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Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Aug 2013
Learn to read and interpret social statistics by exploring Milton Keynes, home of The Open University.

Social statistics in context

Social statistics in context Copyrighted image Credit: Michael Brown | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 08 Aug 2013
What numbers can help us to understand and what they can’t.

International Alphabet Soup: A brief guide to trade areas, unions and councils

International Alphabet Soup: A brief guide to trade areas, unions and councils Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Introductory level Updated 07 Jun 2013
From the G8 to the World Trade Organization, there's a bewildering number of groups promoting international co-operation. Here's a guide to some of...

Risk will return

Risk will return Copyrighted image Credit: Paul Lampard | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 10 May 2013
Is it too much to expect that the new financial system will be fundamentally less accident-prone than the old?

TEDxMiltonKeynes: Connections

TEDxMiltonKeynes: Connections Creative commons image Credit: pulpolux !!! under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Sep 2012
We've never been able to connect so widely before.

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A Europe of the Regions?

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A Europe of the Regions? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2013
What role will the ‘regions’ play in the emerging governance structures of the European Union? This unit examines the rise of the regions and...

Why maps are made

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Why maps are made Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 20 Mar 2012
Cars have sat nav systems, mobile phones use GPS: maps are important in everyday life whether captured by aerial photography, satellite imagery or...

Developing countries in the world trade regime

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Developing countries in the world trade regime Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2011
Free trade or fair trade? This unit will help you to analyse the relationship that exists between developed and developing countries under the...

Who are Europeans?

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 14 Jul 2011
What is Europe and what defines a European? This...

Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro

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Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 13 Jul 2011
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This unit looks at the key developments in...

Who counts as a refugee?

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Who counts as a refugee? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 13 Jul 2011
The words ‘refugee’ and ‘asylum seeker’ have a wide variety of connotations in Britain, many of them negative. This unit explores how changing...

What is Europe?

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 31 Jul 2008
The European Union (EU), formed out of the ashes of the Second World War, continues to expand in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union....

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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 23 Nov 2014
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 23 Nov 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
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 Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
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) International Studies

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BA (Honours) International Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
Our world is divided into many different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and...

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014
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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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
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?

Living in a globalised world

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Living in a globalised world Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 23 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course uses geographical concepts to help you make sense of our complex, globalised world and the processes and patterns that shape it.