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Why New York-style rent controls would not work in London

Why New York-style rent controls would not work in London Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Catherine Pain © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 12 Apr 2016
Alan Shipman explains why the New York rent control model can't be easily copied by cities in the UK. 

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home?

What makes it hard for migrants to learn the language of their new home? Creative commons image CGP Grey under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2016
'Why don't migrants learn English if they want to live here?' is one of those sentiments you'll have come across a lot if you've spent much time on...

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live

Design for urban living: how we live and how we might live Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 24 Mar 2016
In the UK, there is a rush to build more homes. Is there a different way of making the houses we want to live in, that suits the ways we live...

Do Something Great

Do Something Great Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Updated 21 Mar 2016
As part of the BBC's Do Something Great season, we've compiled a range of resources to help you give back in the community and explore volunteering.

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes

RIP, LEA: The local education authority vanishes Creative commons image SteHLiverpool under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Mar 2016
The 2016 Budget included an announcement that all local authority schools in England would be forced to become academies. It's the end of a local...

How To Die: Simon's Choice

How To Die: Simon's Choice Copyrighted image Copyright: Graham Smith - Minnow Films
Updated 11 Mar 2016
The dramatic and poignant story of one man facing a heart wrenching decision of whether to end his life at a suicide clinic.

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016

OpenLearn Live: 25th February 2016 Creative commons image Ricardo Cabral under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Feb 2016
The wall once designed to repel which now attracts; and how to make sense of today's migration statistics. Then more free learning through the day.

What are the secrets of enduring love?

What are the secrets of enduring love? Copyrighted image Copyright: Claudiodivizia | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Feb 2016
With Valentine's Day round the corner, Dr Meg John Barker and Dr Jacqui Gabb give us a snippet from their book The Secrets of Enduring Love ...

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point?

Is blocking migrant benefits missing the point? Creative commons image Lydia under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Putting a brake on EU migrants claiming benefits is pointless, says Clara Sandelind. The migration crisis has little to do with claims being made...

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap

Yachts, planes and buses... Mind the (inequality) gap Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork: Catherine Pain Copyright: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Feb 2016
Gerry Mooney delves in to a new Oxfam report that lays bare the extraordinary level of inequality in the world. 

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Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 14 Dec 2009
If you feel that you are being watched, it may well be that you are. Surveillance is an ever growing feature of 21st century life in countries...

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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 30 Apr 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...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 30 Apr 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 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 30 Apr 2016
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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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

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 30 Apr 2016
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 30 Apr 2016
What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community...

The uses of social science

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The uses of social science Copyrighted image Copyright: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 30 Apr 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?

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 30 Apr 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...