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How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies

How Obamacare is reaching young invincibles through digital technologies Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Feb 2015
Reaching the under-35s by using digital technologies is crucial to the success of the insurance campaign from the Obama administration.

The government's new pension service has one fatal flaw

The government's new pension service has one fatal flaw Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Feb 2015
Can the government's new Pension Wise service really give people the pension freedoms?

Crisis. What Crisis?

Crisis. What Crisis?         Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker New content
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Feb 2015
What provided the background for the 1979 Winter of Discontent and why did this background contribute to the James Callaghan's loss of power? 

The spaces of politics

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The spaces of politics Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 20 mins Updated 13 Feb 2015
What are the spaces of politics beyond the usual buildings of parliament? Three Open University academics tell us in this video. 

Political insights: Prime Minister's Questions

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 29 Jan 2015
Are PMQs just a political Punch and Judy? Top parliamentary sketchwriters join Open University academic Richard Heffernan in this video discussion.

Thirty-five winters of discontent

Thirty-five winters of discontent Creative commons image Credit: Highways Agency under CC-BY licence
Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.

General Election 2015 - 100 days to go: Winter of Discontent

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General Election 2015 - 100 days to go: Winter of Discontent Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2015
Find out why the events of the 1979 Winter of Discontent went down in political folklore. 

Social Science and Psychology Discussion Hub

Social Science and Psychology Discussion Hub Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 23 Jan 2015
Discussion hub for those studying the Social Science and Psychology Pathway with Pathways to Success. 

The exclusion debate: Discussion hub

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The exclusion debate: Discussion hub Copyrighted image Credit: Brad Calkins | Dreamstime.com
Updated 14 Jan 2015
Everyone has a right to education. But how do you manage to deliver that when pupils have been excluded?

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists

Mass surveillance will never be able to stop all known terrorists Copyright free image Credit: Memorycatcher via Pixabay
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Jan 2015
The government believes mass surveillance can keep us safe from harm. Ray Corrigan suggests those plans need a closer look.

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Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3000 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
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 Credit: iStock
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015 Register by 15 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?

You and your money: personal finance in context

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You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015 Register by 15 Jan 2015
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...