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What are the secrets of enduring love?

What are the secrets of enduring love? Copyrighted image Copyright: Claudiodivizia | Dreamstime.com New content
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 New content
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 New content
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. 

British food: Moving beyond crisis

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British food: Moving beyond crisis Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 29 Jan 2016
Have supermarkets got too much power? Have we lost touch with seasonal and local food in favour of convenience choice? Our panel discuss the future...

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day Copyright free image Copyright free: Public Domain
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 04 Jan 2016
The third Monday of January each year is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Look into civil rights and what makes a great speech with our related...

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...

Have transgender storylines finally gone mainstream?

Have transgender storylines finally gone mainstream? Copyrighted image Copyright: Metrodrome
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
This month, both EastEnders and Hollyoaks are introducing transgender characters played by transgender actors. At the same time, Tangerine has...

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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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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 14 Feb 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...