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Growing plants, growing communities: Climate Camp, Veggie Gardens and Local Politics

Growing plants, growing communities: Climate Camp, Veggie Gardens and Local Politics Creative commons image Credit: heather buckley under CC-BY licence Updated content
Introductory Level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Apr 2014
A former school site in East Sussex has become the focus for a fascinating cooperation between local politics and international activism.

Smoking out the tobacco industry

Smoking out the tobacco industry Creative commons image Credit: Jack Greenmaven under CC-BY-SA licence New content
Updated 11 Apr 2014
With plain packaging now looking a certainty, experts from the OU's Institute for Social Marketing explore the future for the UK tobacco industry.

Two decades on, what remains of Kurt Cobain?

Two decades on, what remains of Kurt Cobain? Creative commons image Credit: By ThomasMikael (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Updated 07 Apr 2014
April 2014 saw the 20th anniversary of the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. This article argues that in the case of dead celebrities, death...

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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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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...

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Contemporary Wales

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Introductory Level Duration 150 hours Updated 28 Mar 2013 Register by 16 Aug 2013
Explore what is distinctive about Wales and Welsh identity in terms of culture, society, economy and politics.The course will be extremely useful...

Making social worlds

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Making social worlds Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced Level Duration 600 hours Updated 11 Feb 2012 Register by 05 Sep 2013
Explore how we operate in social worlds and how social experience is shaped and made meaningful. Topics include immigration, medicine, family,...