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  • Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union?

    By Pol Morillas

    As the UK prepares to leave, should the EU remake itself? Pol Morillas believes it's time for the Union to adopt a...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    17 Jan 2017

  • Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union?

    Should the EU give up on 'ever closer' union? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Ian Brown from Salzburg under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license New content
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Jan 2017
    As the UK prepares to leave, should the EU remake itself? Pol Morillas believes it's time for the Union to adopt a more flexible approach.
  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    By Dr Marc Cornock

    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    12 Jan 2017

  • What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS?

    What are bed blockers - and are they signs of a failing NHS? Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Monkey Business Images | Dreamstime.com Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Jan 2017
    Instead of 'bed blockers' and statistics, it's important to remember that we're talking about people - and their care needs.
  • Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham

    By Dr Agata Lisiak

    Dr Agata Lisiak, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, explores the fast-changing world of research into migration...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    29 Nov 2016

  • Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham

    Methods in Motion: With the mothers of Munich & Birmingham Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image deep_schismic under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Nov 2016
    Dr Agata Lisiak, Visiting Fellow at The Open University, explores the fast-changing world of research into migration and belonging.
  • Why is the UK government proposing to bring 1950s values to online pornography?

    By Dr Samantha Pegg

    New proposals to outlaw material on the internet mean 1950s standards are going to be applied in 2016, explains Dr...

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    24 Nov 2016

  • Why is the UK government proposing to bring 1950s values to online pornography? Includes explicit content

    Why is the UK government proposing to bring 1950s values to online pornography? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free image Copyright free: alex grichenko
    Updated 24 Nov 2016
    New proposals to outlaw material on the internet mean 1950s standards are going to be applied in 2016, explains Dr Samantha Pegg. Note that this article...
  • Methods in Motion: The magpie

    By Dr Edward Wastnidge

    Edward Wastnidge is trying to make sense of methods - and has a confession to make...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Oct 2016

  • Methods in Motion: The magpie

    Methods in Motion: The magpie Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Stefan Berndtsson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Oct 2016
    Edward Wastnidge is trying to make sense of methods - and has a confession to make...
  • Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle'

    By Dr Aura Lounasmaa

    Aura Lounasmaa has been in Calais teaching people currently living in the refugee camp there. What has the experience...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Oct 2016

  • Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle'

    Teaching the people of the Calais camp: Lessons in 'The Jungle' Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Global Justice Now under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Oct 2016
    Aura Lounasmaa has been in Calais teaching people currently living in the refugee camp there. What has the experience taught her?
  • What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food?

    By David Leveille

    Gourmet chefs fed the athletes of the Olympic Games. Then, they fed the poor.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Aug 2016

  • What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food?

    What happened to Rio 2016's leftover food? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Indra Galbo under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 23 Aug 2016
    Gourmet chefs fed the athletes of the Olympic Games. Then, they fed the poor.
  • Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?

    By Professor Ralph Fevre

    As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2016

  • Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union?

    Why did poorer people vote to leave the European Union? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Hazel Nicholson under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    As we start to explore the data from last month's referendum, we're starting to understand more about why poorer people embraced Brexit, explains Ralph Fevre.
  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    By Michelle Dobrovolny

    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit....

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    25 Jul 2016

  • Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry?

    Why could phosphorus depletion leave us all hungry? Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image Dennis Jarvis under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Jul 2016
    Easily accesible phosphorus rock sources are starting to run out. As the mines empty, food production could be hit. Should access to the rock become a basic...
  • The making of 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe'- Interviews with Keo Films

    Professor Marie Gillespie interviews Will, James and Daisy from Keo films on the making of the series 'Exodus: Our...

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    11 Jul 2016

  • The making of 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe'- Interviews with Keo Films

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    The making of 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe'- Interviews with Keo Films Creative commons image Icon Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Jul 2016
    Professor Marie Gillespie interviews Will, James and Daisy from Keo films on the making of the series 'Exodus: Our Journey to Europe'. 

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  • Welfare, crime and society

    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 across the...

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    1 hour 15 mins

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    14 Dec 2009

  • Welfare, crime and society

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    Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Icon 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...

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    BA/BSc Open degree

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    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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    BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to...

    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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    BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017
    What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If...

    The uses of social science

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    The uses of social science Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    What can social science tell us about the social world? How can it help us solve...

    You and your money: personal finance in context

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    You and your money: personal finance in context Copyrighted image Icon Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 18 Jan 2017 Register by 05 Jan 2017
    This practical course builds your financial knowledge and skills, improves your...