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The Laurie Taylor interviews

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The Laurie Taylor interviews Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 19 Jun 2015
Why does Laurie Taylor think sociology is important? What advice does he have for our students? In this series of videos the Thinking...

Laurie Taylor interview: What would your advice be to anyone starting a Social Sciences degree?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What would your advice be to anyone starting a Social Sciences degree? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Jun 2015
Laurie Taylor, Radio 4 presenter and former professor of Sociology at York, gives advice to those starting a degree in Social Sciences. 

Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
In this short video, Laurie Taylor mulls over the key trends that have occured during his lifetime in the field of sociology.

Laurie Taylor interview: Why is sociology important?

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Laurie Taylor interview: Why is sociology important? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
Laurie Taylor tells us why he think sociology is important in this video interview. 

Laurie Taylor interview: How did you get in to presenting Thinking Allowed?

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Laurie Taylor interview: How did you get in to presenting Thinking Allowed? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
In this short video, Laurie Taylor, presenter of Thinking Allowed and sociology professor, explains why he wanted to host the BBC Radio 4 show....

Driven to drink?

Driven to drink? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2015
Has a stricter drink-drive legislation made people less social and what does this mean for voluntary associations? 

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist

It’s a crying shame when Nobel laureates are exposed as sexist Creative commons image Credit: Paloma Baytelman under CC-BY-SA-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 Jun 2015
Tim Hunt should have realised that his "light-hearted" comment about the "trouble with girls" was going to offend.

The BBC World Service is a force for good – look after it, or risk losing it

The BBC World Service is a force for good – look after it, or risk losing it Creative commons image Credit: Gary Edwards
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
Peter Horrocks was the Director of the BBC World Service and has just become Vice-Chancellor of The Open University. In this article OU Professor...

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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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 3600 hours Updated 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 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 06 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 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 06 Jul 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your understanding of personal finance and develops your awareness of...