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School of Social Sciences & Global Studies

The School of Social Sciences and Global Studies at The Open University is a hub for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching that aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by societies across the globe.

We offer an intellectually stimulating environment for academic staff and students, including a lively postgraduate research community.

- Prof Shonil Bhagwat (Head of School, SSGS)

Shonil Bhagwat
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Study

The School offers a deliberately unconventional combination of disciplinary traditions which support a wide range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary modules and qualifications.

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Research

The School is a hub for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching that aims to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by societies across the globe.

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Outreach and External Engagement

Through the pursuit of strategic partnerships and progressive engagement, we strive to make a difference in the wider world.

Aug 31

Conference: British Society of Aesthetics Connections: Conceptual Engineering and Aesthetics

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 - 09:00 to Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 17:00

Cambridge, UK

Nov 13

CFP - Eco-creativity 2021: Art, Music, Ritual and Global Climate Politics

Saturday, November 13, 2021 - 12:00 to 17:00

Virtual Conference, The Open University

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