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How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong?

How can governments ensure their cybersecurity is strong? Creative commons image Tom Gill under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 06 Jan 2016
The state government of Michigan has adopted a response to potential digital attacks that provide a useful model, explains Brian Nussbaum.

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel

Killed by Agatha Christie: Strychnine and the detective novel Creative commons image savagecats under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 16 Dec 2015
In the first Poirot book, the murderer's weapon of choice is the bitter poison strychnine. The scientist, writer and poison expert Deborah Blum...

By extending the remit of PCCs, the government is playing with fire

By extending the remit of PCCs, the government is playing with fire Copyrighted image Copyright: Artwork by Gary Edwards © The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Oct 2015
Public confidence in accountability and governance of the British emergency services is likely to be undermined by the new, flawed, system...

The Laurie Taylor interviews

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The Laurie Taylor interviews Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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: 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? Creative commons image The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
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....

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Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society 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 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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 06 Feb 2016
What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community...