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Welcome to the Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences embodies the core values of The Open University, enabling, empowering and transforming individuals, societies, cultures and ourselves through our teaching, research and engagement in dialogues across the world. More

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History Lecture Series

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, join us for our History lecture series which opens a window onto the exciting research being conducted by historians at The Open University. The next talk is on 3rd April by John Slight on ‘British Imperialist Visions of Islamic States’. Please visit FASS History for further information.


A reading from Homer (Lawrence Alma Tadema)

School of Arts and Cultures

We explore questions about texts, music, artworks, objects and ideas and their relationship to societies past and present, through our innovative teaching and research.

History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

School of History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology

Our world leading research on historical and contemporary issues of society, religion, crime, power and policy underpin an innovative range of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications..

Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography

School of Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography

Our disciplines address key national and global issues such as politics, economics, justice, international development and innovation, environmental studies through inspiring teaching and research.


School of Psychology

As Europe’s largest provider of university-level education in Psychology, we offer a dynamic, research-led learning experience at both undergraduate and post-graduate level. Our internationally-recognised research is characterized by its interdisciplinary orientation and engagement with real world problems.



New OU/BBC Series: Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason Presents ‘A History of Music and Technology’

The first episode of a new nine-part OU/BBC seriesA History of Music and Technology' begins on BBC World Service Radio on Saturday 27 April at 11.00 GMT/12.00 BST. The programme was supported by FASS Academics Dr Sean Williams, Dr Robert Samuels, Dr Alexander Kolassa and Media Fellow Dr Chris Williams, with particular relevance to BA (Hons) Music R25,  BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities (Music) R14 and BA (Hons) Arts and Humanities R14.

17th April 2019
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Upcoming Events

May 13

IKD-The Open University Research Theme Launch & Panel Discussion

Monday, May 13, 2019 - 14:15 to 16:00

Room 1, Camden Office, The Open University, Hawley Crescent, NW1 8NP

May 15

OpenTALKS: Anna Plassart ‘Reimagining Democracy: Lessons from The French Revolution’

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 16:30 to 17:30

KMi Podium, Top Floor, Berrill Building, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

May 17

Prisons, Courts & Police Stations - The Architecture of the State in Historical Perspective

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 10:30

The Library (Seminar Rooms 1&2), Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

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