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Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports

Time to stop playing nice about misogyny in sports Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Oct 2014
Talks of re-signing convicted rapist Ched Evans has highlighted misogyny in sport is prevalent - we must protest, writes Professor Kath Woodward....

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - Superfoods Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Updated 20 Oct 2014
Can foods be as potent as medicines? The second episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor investigates the truth about superfoods.

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa

Ebola regional fund shows growing solidarity in West Africa Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain New content
Updated 15 Oct 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has renewed debate about the effectiveness of health systems and how best to support collective regional action.

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Order your free health advice cards

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: Order your free health advice cards Creative commons image Credit: The Open University Updated content
Updated 15 Oct 2014
Order our insightful health and wellbeing advice cards and combat the challenges associated with diet, exercise and more. 

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine

OU on the BBC: Trust Me, I'm a Doctor - Sunshine Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Updated 13 Oct 2014
The first episode of Trust Me, I'm a Doctor looks at the importance of vitamin D and ways to make our foods healthier without changing a single...

The psychology behind a thank you

The psychology behind a thank you Creative commons image Credit: Jen Collins under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Oct 2014
Find out how saying 'thank you', making a cup of tea and The Great British Bake Off can tackle mental health issues and make people happier. 

Schizophrenia: Beyond science

Schizophrenia: Beyond science Creative commons image Credit: Jeff Kubina under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Oct 2014
Schizophrenia is the focus of World Mental Health Day 2014. Can communities help us to stop relying on advances in science alone to meet the needs...

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK?

How are life-chances of children at risk in the UK? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 15 Sep 2014
Five out of 1,000 children in the UK will not live until their fifth birthday, reports Dick Skellington.

Journeying through Wellbeing

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Journeying through Wellbeing Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Updated 04 Sep 2014
Take a journey through Wellbeing and see how factors such as where we grow up, what happens to us, and our physical health, can all impact on our...

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Introduction to child psychology

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Introduction to child psychology Updated content
Introductory level Duration 8 hours Updated 16 Oct 2014
Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this unit you will be introduced to...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people
Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 01 Sep 2014
This unit considers the aims and range of research with children and young people. Students consider how their own views and understandings about...

An introduction to social work

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An introduction to social work Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 29 Aug 2014
This short course will introduce you to the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work...

Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland

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Foundations for self-directed support in Scotland
Introductory level Duration 50 hours Updated 18 Aug 2014
This course explores the development, impact and challenges of personalisation in the context of the implementation of The Social Care (Self...

Becoming a critical social work practitioner

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Becoming a critical social work practitioner Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 28 Apr 2014
What does it take to become a critical practitioner in social work? This unit will guide you through some important concepts. An understanding of ...

Starting with psychology

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Starting with psychology Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 23 Apr 2014
The most ‘important and greatest puzzle’ we face as humans is ourselves (Boring, 1950, p. 56). Humans are a puzzle – one that is complex, subtle...

Public health in community settings: An introduction

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Public health in community settings: An introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 5 hours Updated 04 Apr 2014
This unit introduces you to some key aspects of community level engagement, in particular how to get to know the locality in which you want to work...

Using numbers and handling data

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Introductory level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Mar 2014
You might not realise it, but maths is an essential component of healthcare. In fact, sloppy calculations can have fatal consequences. This unit is...

Introducing public health

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Intermediate level Duration 6 hours Updated 18 Mar 2014
This unit introduces some key elements of public health and health promotion, using a video case study of Coventry. It focuses on the major...

Challenging ideas in mental health

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Intermediate level Duration 18 hours Updated 13 Mar 2014
Take a new and different look at mental health. This unit invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make? Have you wondered why people continue to smoke when they know the...

Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Youth Justice (England and Wales) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Do you work with young people in the youth justice system? Would you like to study for a qualification that will have a real impact on your...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England)

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (England) Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Are you thinking about going into social work or social care? This certificate course is the ideal way to find out if it’s the right career for you...

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management

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Certificate of Higher Education in Sport, Fitness and Management Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
What makes a top-flight sports coach or fitness instructor? This Certificate course investigates the factors that contribute to success, and gives...

Certificate in Health and Social Care

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Certificate in Health and Social Care Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Care is constantly in the headlines because it involves such a huge workforce and huge budgets, and profoundly affects so many lives. And what...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

Certificate in Promoting Public Health

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Certificate in Promoting Public Health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 25 Oct 2014
Public health is everyone’s business and the contribution of local authorities, education, social care, families, police, prisons, business and...