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Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism?

Interstellar: a dangerous fantasy of US colonialism? Copyrighted image Credit: Lagron49 | Dreamstime.com - Anne Hathaway Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Anne Hathaway's space movie puts engineers and scientists at the heart of the story - but is let down by an American colonialist message, says...

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas

Hold the hurrahs; let's have a viva: Testing Russell Brand's ideas Creative commons image Credit: Eva Rindali under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Oct 2014
Giving Russell Brand a platform for his vague ideas is worrying if we don't treat them with due rigour, argues Robert Herian

Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics

Friday Thinker: Mayors and local politics Copyrighted image Credit: Randymir | Dreamstime.com - Clint Eastwood Photo
Updated 23 Oct 2014
The OU Social Sciences Facebook community are looking at local democracy this week - and the impact mayors can have on their cities. Explore some...

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK?

You wouldn’t want an unqualified doctor or lawyer, so why are untrained teachers OK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 09 Oct 2014
Are we heading for a future of teachers who can talk the talk but lack the deeper knowledge and professional resilience that is the hallmark and...

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix?

Capitalism: Beyond repair or awaiting a fix? Creative commons image Credit: Dominic Alves under CC-BY licence
Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
The 2008 financial crisis still thrums underneath political debate six years on - have we missed a chance to rework capitalism? Does it even need...

The energy dilemma

The energy dilemma Creative commons image Credit: Lee Haywood under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election? 

A taxing question

A taxing question Creative commons image Credit: Tree Santos under CC-BY-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2014
Scotland's bid for independence is posing many questions, one of the most important questions concerns funding. So, what effect will devolution...

Host City Glasgow: Ten things the tourist guides probably never mentioned

Host City Glasgow: Ten things the tourist guides probably never mentioned Creative commons image Credit: STV under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2014
Take away the glitz, glamour and the 'pan-loafy' spectacular of the Commonwealth Games and discover the authenic side of 'Glesga' in this 'wee'...

Behind the fence: The side of Glasgow games you’re not meant to see

Behind the fence: The side of Glasgow games you’re not meant to see Copyrighted image Credit: Hilary Mooney
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2014
The positive hype around the Commonwealth Games may give you the impression it’s all smiles and success in Glasgow at present, but are the social...

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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 30 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 20 Dec 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 20 Dec 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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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 20 Dec 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 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Dec 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) 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 20 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014
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 Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 20 Dec 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?

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 Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...