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Crisis. What Crisis?

Crisis. What Crisis?         Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
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? 

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. 

General Election 2015 - 79Rewind

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General Election 2015 - 79Rewind Creative commons image Credit: KCIvey under CC BY-NC-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Jan 2015
Join us as we count down to the 2015 General Election with a step back in time... 

Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling

Casting Idris Elba as the first black James Bond wouldn’t make the films less troubling Creative commons image Credit: Beacon under CC-BY-NC licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jan 2015
While the first black Bond would be a triumph for diversity in films, it won't change immoral Western organisations, writes Peter Bloom. 

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year

From joy to despair, Glasgow’s George Square has seen it all this year Creative commons image Credit: Michel under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 24 Dec 2014
It's been a rollercoaster of a year for the people of Glasgow following the success of the Commonwealth games bookended by two horrific tragedies,...

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Oct 2014
Talks of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans has highlighted misogyny in sport is prevalent - we must protest, writes Professor Kath Woodward....

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...

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality

The Anglican Orthodoxy and homosexuality Copyrighted image Credit: Photawa | Dreamstime.com
Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
An emergent thread of Anglicanism is adopting a literal Biblical approach to sexuality in opposition to more liberal evangelicals. Andrew McKinnon...

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Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

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Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency Copyright free image Credit: Copyright © Sam Scott-Hunter/Photofusion (Jaguar 32785)
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 12 Feb 2015
This OpenLearn course, 'Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency', will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency....

Contemporary Wales

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Contemporary Wales Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
This unit provides an accessible and lively social science account of contemporary Wales. It introduces key aspects of the economy, society,...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

Innovation, markets and industrial change

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Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
How does a firm emerge as ‘leader of the pack’? Why do most of the small firms so common in the early years of new industries disappear? This unit...

Information technology: A new era?

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Information technology: A new era? Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have...

Living and working in the new economy

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Living and working in the new economy Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 15 hours Updated 04 Feb 2014
The new ‘service economy’, is it a direct result of globalisation? This unit examines the switch from manufacturing to services and looks at the...

Reading and note taking - preparation for study

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 11 Dec 2013
Reading and note taking are two essential study skills. How do you read? This unit will introduce you to different techniques to help you to alter...

Learning from audio-visual material: Introducing surveillance

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Learning from audio-visual material: Introducing surveillance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
Looking at the theme of surveillance as a multifaceted everyday practice, this unit will show you the value of using audio visual material in your...

The politics of devolution

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The politics of devolution Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 8 hours Updated 25 Jul 2013
This unit, which contains material from the current Open University second level Politics course DD203 Power, Equality and Dissent, is pitched at...

Themes in discourse research: The case of Diana

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 23 Jul 2012
This unit introduces some of the main themes and issues in discourse research using Martin Bashir's famous interview with Diana, Princess of Wales...

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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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

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...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

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...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

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 in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences

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BSc (Honours) Economics and Mathematical Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...