2 Preparing for the course
Scientists throughout the world are increasingly interested in the relationship between science and society. Part of their concern is with the social responsibilities scientists have in relation to broader public interests. That raises important issues to do with the ethical and social dimension of scientists' work and how scientists explain – and perhaps justify – their work to the wider public.
Quran audio library
This website hosts an extensive audio file collection of Quran recitation recordings. The art of melodious Quran recitation, known as tilawah, is a highly regarded one in the Muslim world, and recordings by many famous reciters (Qurra', plural for Qari) can be found here. Among them are the late Egyptian reciter Abdul Basit Abdul Samad (d.1988) and the numerous reciters of Mecca and Medina, who are household names in the Muslim world. While a significant number of reciters are from Arab countrie
University of Kansas Division of Invertebrate Paleontology
The website of the Diision of Invertebrate Paleontology, University of Kansas, these pages feature the large collection of fossil invertebrates (over 850,000, from all over the world. The site gives access to an online database which can be searched, as well as a gallery of high-resolution photographs of some specimens. The section which will give information about the collections is not yet complete (July 2010).
World Resources 2008 : Roots of resilience : growing the wealth of the poor
This website provides access to "Roots of resilience : growing the wealth of the poor", the World Resources Report 2008, which examines the potential to scale up environmental income to assist the global, rural poor. The report was prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute. The report can be downloaded in its entirety or as individual chapters and is available as PDF files.
World Resources 2005 : the wealth of the poor : managing ecosystems to fight poverty
This website provides access to "The wealth of the poor : managing ecosystems to fight poverty" the World Resources Report 2005 which examines ecosystems as a potential wealth-creating asset for the poor. The report was prepared by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Bank, and the World Resources Institute. The site includes access to the full text of the report in English and Spanish, case study excerpts, data tables and re
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is an organisation managed by the Swedish government with the aim of reducing world poverty. SIDA provides international training programmes, funding and support, and works in partnership with many international organisations. The SIDA website provides details of its activities and publications; some available full text. The website is available in English and Swedish.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA) is one of five regional commissions created by the United Nations (UN) in order to fulfil the economic and social goals set out in the UN Charter by promoting cooperation and integration between the countries in each region of the world. The UNESCWA website provides details of its activities including its focus acreas of sustainable development and productivity, social development, economic development and globalisation
"The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights."The United Nations (UN) website provides details of its activities, including peace and security, development, human rights, humanitarian affairs and international law. There are sections covering the UN's main b
BBC/OU Money & Management podcast
This website actually contains a series of podcasts, produced by the Open University's Open2.Net and the BBC. Experts from The Open University give insight into the stories dominating the business world, for example on the death of the pub, retail revolutions or the cost of home ownership. This could be an alternative way for business students to find good materials for their projects, instead of via text journals. The podcasts are free and there is help on how to use them.
International Accounting Standards Board (IASB)
This is the standard setting body responsible for the development of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs), permitted or required by over 100 countries across the world. It aims to 'develop a single set of high quality, understandable, enforceable and globally accepted international financial reporting standards (IFRSs) through its standard-setting body, the IASB. ' The board consists of 15 independent experts who have relevant high level experience. The website offers news about
World Federation of Exchanges
The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) is the trade association of 52 publicly regulated stock, futures and options exchanges, including the FTSE, Nasdaq OMX, NYSE Euronext etc. The Federation website includes over 10 years of market statistics, business news, a monthly newsletter, Annual Reports, research reports, details of standards / best practices, information about WFE events / conferences and more on the workings of the WFE. It also includes information on the International Options Marke
Pakistan Journal of Commerce and Social Sciences
This journal is published by the Johar Educational Society in Pakistan. This non-profit institution promotes educational and research activities, from the academic community and from business professionals. The journal accepts research papers relevant to business, commerce, management sciences and economics. All articles are in English. Full editorial guidelines are given on the website. Editors come from universities around the world. Articles are available free in full-text PDF format (r
American journal of agricultural economics
The American Journal of Agricultural Economics is a peer reviewed academic journal produced by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). It covers topics such as the economics of agriculture and food, natural resources and the environment, or rural and community development throughout the world. Users should check with their institution to see if they subscribe to this journal.
Water is a natural resource that is vital for human survival and health, although only a tiny fraction of the Earth's supply is available to humans and terrestrial animals. In this unit we look at threats, such as pollution, to water's capacity to support life around the world.
World Social Science Report 2010
Produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and co-published with UNESCO, this Report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in over a decade. Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contributed their expertise to the publication. Key findings include social science research from Western countries continues to have the greatest global influence, but the field is expanding rapidly in Asia and Latin America, particularly in China and Brazil. In sub-Saharan Afr
Lecture 17 - 11/23/2010
Google Public Data explorer
Google Public Data Explorer is a tool developed by Google Labs which enables members of the public to search for statistical data, explore it and visualize it in graphs and tables. It is intended to cover nations worldwide and all areas of social, economic, demographic and political data. The site is still in Beta with collections being added. It currently includes population data worldwide, some data from the World Bank, OECD and from American statistical agencies. Users should however, remembe
Take Action: Working to Stop Child Labor Today
In this lesson, students will first learn about the use of child labor in the cotton mills of North and South Carolina from the 1880’s through the 1920’s by listening to oral histories from former child mill workers. They will also research the use of child labor in today’s world. Students will then brainstorm and implement actions to stop child labor around the world, such as educating themselves and others about the issue, letter writing campaigns to governments and companies, and donati
Survey of London: volume 38 - South Kensington Museums Area
At the core of this volume is a study of the estate in South Kensington and Westminster acquired under the auspices of Prince Albert by the Commissioners for the Great Exhibition of 1851, and developed as a remarkable cultural centre for the applied arts and sciences. In many ways the great sequence of world-famous institutions described here – such as the Victorian and Albert Museum, the National History Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, and the Imperial Institute – is a memorial to the Princ
Acts and Ordinances of the Interregnum, 1642-1660
The full text of legislation passed into law during the Interregnum. Contains over 900 pieces of legislation. ranging from that concerning the trial and execution of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury to the regulation of trade in currants, and from the propagation of the Gospel in the New World to the draining of the Great Fen. Originally published in three volumes, it is here given together, along with a table of acts passed and a substantial introduction.