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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences deals with the full range of human experience. Intrinsically interdisciplinary in approach, the Faculty produces cutting-edge research that informs our world-class teaching and inspires our students, academics and the general public. Read more


** NEW **  The third issue of our Social Sciences and Global Studies Magazine has just launched. In the latest issue of this annual digital publication, discover how our research is helping to inform current global issues through impactful and transformative work across eight diverse disciplines. Download the full magazine.

School of Arts & Humanities blogs on Arts & Humanities in the time of COVID-19.

School of Social Sciences and Global Studies blogs on Social scientific research in the time of COVID-19.


student study imageThe Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences offers 23 undergraduate degree courses, as well as a wide range of certificates, diplomas and postgraduate qualifications, across 14 disciplines. Each of our qualifications combines insights from the different disciplines, bringing context and breadth to your learning. Our learning materials are informed by the world-leading research our academics conduct. Read more


OU Library imageThe Faculty has a vibrant interdisciplinary research culture, across all our 14 subject areas. Our interests span three millennia  from understanding classical antiquity to developing future solutions to contemporary environmental challenges. Alongside research on the UK, its rich cultural history and present-day social problems, our research also has a global scope, extending to Africa, Oceania, the Americas, the Middle East and South and East Asia. Read more

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Oct 14

The OU Graduate Nietzsche Conference

Friday, October 14, 2022 - 09:45 to Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 19:00


Nov 18

Eco-creativity Conference 2022: The Arts Mapping Emotional Landscapes of the Climate and Ecological Crises

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 13:00 to Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 17:00

Virtual Conference, The Open University

Dec 15

Economics seminar series: The Welsh Basic Income Pilot

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 to 13:00

Online. The event is free

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