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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 15th May by Anna Plassart on ‘Reimagining Democracy: Lessons from The French Revolution’. 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 - Forensics: The Real CSI

On Wednesday May 1st a new OU/BBC documentary series Forensics: The Real CSI begins on BBC Two at 9pm - except for viewers in Scotland. This series was produced with the support of FASS academic Dr Jim Turner, together with academics from STEM. The new series links into the following qualifications within FASS: Q07 BSc (Hons) Psychology, Q82 BSc (Hon) Forensic Psychology, and F73 MSc Forensic Psychological Studies.

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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 16

Living Between Worlds, Thinking Beyond Categories: A Transdisciplinary Gathering within The OU

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:00 to 16:30

CMR11, Walton Hall, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA

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