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Oliver Sacks: "Romantic, in the sense of the romantic poets"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
For Vaughan Bell of Mind Hacks, the more Sacks wrote, the more we were inspired - and the more we knew of the man himself

Oliver Sacks: "You are in the hands of a master storyteller"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
The writer Josh Bernoff hails Oliver Sacks' ability to engage readers from the start.

Oliver Sacks: "Don't skip the footnotes"

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 01 Sep 2015
Matthew Wade - writing after Oliver Sacks had revealed his prognosis, but before his death - celebrated the life of the "stray Santa" who loved...

Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

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Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 14 Aug 2015
Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath's journals suggest it might be...

Do cephalopods have consciousness?

Do cephalopods have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Maia Valenzuela under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
If we accept that some animals have consciousness, why should we extend that to include squid and octopus?

Do any animals have consciousness?

Do any animals have consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Before arguing for cephalopod consciousness, the Cephalover explores arguments for any animals being conscious.

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness?

Does it matter if an octopus has consciousness? Creative commons image Credit: Opencage under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Jul 2015
Are cephalopods self-aware? More to the point, does it even matter? The Cephalover Mike Lisieski explains just why it's important.

A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist

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A use of fiction: How 'Requiem For A Dream' helped shape a psychologist
Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Jul 2015
Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream is a bleak tale of descent into addiction. It inspired Dr Amy Milton and shaped her career.

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course

Psychological drama: Writing fictional crime drama for a forensic psychology course Copyrighted image Credit: Micha Klootwijk | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 31 Mar 2015
For Graham Pike, writing psychology courses is part of the job. But what happened when he found himself having to create a crime drama?

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Critical Social Psychology

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Critical Social Psychology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Advanced level Duration 2 hours Updated 26 Apr 2009
We live in a complex, fast changing and highly social world. One of the most compelling questions we face is how to understand ourselves and other...

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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
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
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 Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
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...

Foundation Degree in Counselling

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Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised in society. From everyday worries to serious mental...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 01 Sep 2015
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Does material consumption make us happier? Is parenting a social as well as an individual activity? What impact is the financial crisis having on...

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The DipHE in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...

BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies

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BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 02 Sep 2015
Why does crime occur? What makes people do harm to others? The BSc (Honours) Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating...