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Welcome to the Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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


A reading from Homer (Lawrence Alma Tadema)

School of Art History, Classical Studies, English & Creative Writing, Music

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

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..

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.



Sleuths, Spies & Sorcerers: Andrew Marr’s Paperback Heroes - OU co-production with BBC Four

In this new OU/BBC series (BBC Four, 9pm on Mondays from 17 October) Andrew Marr deconstructs detective fiction, fantasy epics and spy novels - the books we really read.

12th October 2016
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Upcoming Events

Nov 9

Exploring Harm and Evidence

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 09:30 to 17:00

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Contact: Prof Steve Tombs

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Humanities Teaching

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 12:00 to 14:00

Library Presentation Room, The Open University, Milton Keynes

Contact: Digital Humanities at The Open University Research Network

Nov 11

Space, Power and Vision: Advanced Postgraduate Methods in Geographical Research

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:00

Berrill Lecture Theatre, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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