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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Welcome to the Faculty

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 ** Welcome to our second issue of the Social Sciences and Global Studies Magazine – an annual publication that provides insight into impactful and transformative work spanning the School’s eight 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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Jun 11

‘Art and Climate Change’ at the Glasgow Science Festival

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 14:00 to Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 14:30

Kelvingrove Museum Education Centre, Glasgow

Jun 16

China/Europe and the Changing Global Order seminar series

Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 12:30 to 14:00


Oct 14

CFP: Open University Graduate Nietzsche Conference

Friday, October 14, 2022 - 09:00 to Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 17:00


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