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Understanding global development

The new geographies and dynamics of prosperity, poverty and inequality are generating difficult questions for development activists, practitioners and researchers around the world. How do we secure the social and economic wellbeing of the many and not just the few? Can we continue to pursue economic growth while sustaining the environmental resources on which we depend? Does technological innovation present us with opportunities to live in more socially and environmentally sustainable ways? Addressing questions such as these requires advanced understanding, innovative ideas and critical thinking. If you want to build these capacities, then this module is for you.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Contract law and tort law

This module explores a range of rights and obligations. You will examine how contracts are formed, their terms and how they end. Using commercial and consumer contexts you will consider the policy and practice underpinning the development and growth of contract law and its international aspects. The law of torts is then explored. A range of torts including negligence, nuisance and trespass are examined and set in the context of policy and public interest. You will then consider the growing range of commercial torts. Case studies are used throughout and a comparative approach is taken which considers developments in other jurisdictions.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Understanding economic inequality

This free course, Understanding economic inequality, explores the causes of economic inequality in modern times and its consequences for success for the economy. The course will encourage you to reflect on your personal experiences of inequality before looking at how the issue is approached in economics. You will study some of the different dimensions of economic inequality, and learn about the main debates on its role in achieving economic success. You will also have the opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of a prime minister and explore what can be done to make economies less unequal.

Free course
6 hrs
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Education & Development 

Influence of temperament

This course taster is taken from the Open University’s ‘Child Development’ course (ED209). It is an extract from one of the four course text books (Oates, J., and Stevenson, J. (2005) ‘Temperament and development’, in Oates, J., Wood, C. and Grayson, A. (eds) Psychological Development and Early Childhood, Oxford, Blackwell.) © Open University 2005

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Society, Politics & Law 

Political ordering

This free course, Political ordering, asks questions about what states are and how they are involved in the processes of governing and ordering social life. Building from an awareness of just how much of everyday life involves the state, the course questions whether states have this authority to govern. It also asks about situations in which states may not be able to command such authority where their governing role is not accepted as legitimate.

Free course
10 hrs
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Nature & Environment 

Human population growth and the natural world

Is population growth dismantling the building blocks of the natural world? Bob May talks to Shared Planet's Monty Don.

Audio
10 mins
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Nature & Environment 

What factors affect population change?

Wolfgang Lutz talks to Monty Don about changing birth and death rates over time.

Audio
10 mins
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Money & Business 

Understanding Globalisation

What do we mean when we say globalisation? Does the growth of globalisation hinder or benefit mankind? It’s a common assumption that countries globalise but in fact it’s not nations themselves but rather the Industries and companies that trade within and outside their borders. As new forms of technology emerge and organisations expand they erode traditional boundaries and in recent times there has been a rise in interconnectedness of markets across the world. In the following audio tracks Susan Segal Horn (Emerita Professor of International Strategy) explains how globalisation increases the Integration of economic activities across boarders as a result how nations become interdependent on and other. This material forms part of the Open University course B835 The dynamics of strategy

Audio
25 mins
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Money & Business 

How to sustain a start-up

Suranga Chandratillake, founder of video search engine Blinkx, discusses the strategic challenges to sustainable growth for a technology start-up.

Video
5 mins
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Mergers and aquisitions: how to grow a business video icon

Money & Business 

Mergers and aquisitions: how to grow a business

Merging and acquiring can be powerful tools for business growth. Senior RBS executive Brian Hartzer discusses how it can make sense for both parties involved

Video
5 mins
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Liz Hartnett on... growth audio icon

Money & Business 

Liz Hartnett on... growth

Research student Liz Hartnett weighs up the benefits and disadvantages of business growth.

Audio
5 mins
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Evan Davis on... growth audio icon

Money & Business 

Evan Davis on... growth

Evan highlights those business bosses who nurture their companies to grow and those who takeover others, and asks how growth can be achieved fairly.

Audio
5 mins
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