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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.



FASS Academics Taking Part in The 2019 Imagine Festival

The OU is taking part in the 2019 Imagine! Festival. It's the fifth year of the Imagine! Festival of Ideas and Politics where politics and the arts combine to bring you a unique way of imagining the future of the great city of Belfast. Three academics from FASS, Dr Shaf TowheedDr Karen Hagan, and Dr Alex Barber will be delivering talks to new audiences.

21st March 2019
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Upcoming Events

Apr 2

British Philosophy of Sport Association Conference 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:00 to Friday, April 5, 2019 - 12:00

Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BH

Apr 3

OpenTALKS: John Slight ‘British Imperialist Visions of Islamic States’

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 16:30 to 17:30

Berrill Lecture Theatre, Walton Hall, The Open University, MK7 6AA

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

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