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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

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.

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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.

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Centre for Global Challenges and Social Justice

Established in October 2021, the Centre provides critical, interdisciplinary insight, and innovative, social justice driven solutions to challenges facing contemporary global societies.

Oct 14

The OU Graduate Nietzsche Conference

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

Online

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

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