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Thinking Allowed 2016

Thinking Allowed 2016 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jan 2016
OU/BBC's Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show...

Why do England fail in international football competitions?

Why do England fail in international football competitions? Creative commons image Georgio under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 25 Sep 2015
The England Men's Football team doesn't have the most enviable record. Is this a structural problem? Laurie Taylor and Anthony King dig into the...

The working-class garden

The working-class garden Creative commons image Sarah R under CC-BY-NC-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 24 Sep 2015
Thinking Allowed ranges across the history of gardening amongst the lower classes - the role of women, and how programmes like Ground Force threw...

The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond

The booming baby business: Commercial surrogacy in India and beyond Copyright free image Copyright free: via Wikimedia
Duration 15 mins Updated 30 Jul 2015
It's still stigmatised, but it's a commercial relationship growing in popularity - and not just in India. Thinking Allowed explores the business of...

Thinking Allowed 2015

Thinking Allowed 2015 Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 30 Jun 2015
OU/BBC's Thinking Allowed puts the focus on the latest thinking about how society works. Read exclusive academic insights every week as each show...

Thinking Allowed: Factory music and volunteering post-recession

Thinking Allowed: Factory music and volunteering post-recession Copyrighted image Copyright: Sky Pixel | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Jun 2015
On this week's programme, Laurie Taylor and guests discuss pop music in worker's culture and how the 2008 recession affected voluntary work. 

The Laurie Taylor interviews

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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...