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Recycling: Putting consumers to work

Recycling: Putting consumers to work Copyrighted image Credit: Jupiter Images New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 11 May 2015
The role of consumers play a vital part in waste management; Dr Katy Wheeler explores how in this article. 

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools

There’s more to primary school place shortages than the cost of free schools Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Apr 2015
Is the crisis over primary school places solely due to the Conservative's free school programme? Jacqueline Baxter discusses all the factors that...

What does a kiss mean?

What does a kiss mean? Copyrighted image Credit: Shiningcolors | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Apr 2015
The kiss has changed its cultural meaning across the century - from a sign of favour to a marker of desire. How did that happen?

The British hitman: A brief introduction

The British hitman: A brief introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Piero Cruciatti | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
David Wilson explains why the reality of killers for hire doesn't match the image suggested by the media.

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city?

Before The Windrush: How did Liverpool become such a poorly-integrated city? Creative commons image Credit: Rodhullandemu under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
A century ago, Liverpool revelled in its cosmopolitan character. Nowadays, though, the city is far less ethnically mixed. What happened?

The late-modern hipster

The late-modern hipster Copyright free image Credit: Cheryl18
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Apr 2015
Unloved and shunned by sociologists. Bjørn Schiermer considers the plight of the elaborately bearded youth cult.

The purpose of war

The purpose of war Copyright free image Credit: ArmyAmber
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
War! What is it good for! Actually, Ian Morris suggests that it might make life generally less violent. He explained how to Laurie Taylor.

The illicit world of Indian dance

The illicit world of Indian dance Copyrighted image Credit: Vonora | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Apr 2015
Although Bollywood has brought social change, the history of dancers in India is a story of shaming. Anna Morcom visited Thinking Allowed to...

OU on the BBC: Wastemen

OU on the BBC: Wastemen Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
Join the people who work round the clock to cope with the vast swathes of waste produced by modern Britain, as we meet the Wastemen.

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Mar 2015
The founder of sociology, Max Weber drilled in the value of hard work into our everyday ethic. 

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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. The...

Contemporary Wales

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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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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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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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Reading and note taking - preparation for study Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
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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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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 May 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 Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 May 2015
Graduates who understand the commercial and economic environment and who are also highly numerate are in short supply. If you enjoy solving...