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  • Cultural differences in mental health? Creative commons image Icon Chinchu.c under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Cultural differences in mental health?

    By Dr Jonathan Leach

    October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. The OU's Jonathan Leach asks: Are mental health problems the same...

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    10 Oct 2017

  • Cultural differences in mental health?

    Cultural differences in mental health? Creative commons image Icon Chinchu.c under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license Updated content
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 10 Oct 2017
    October 10th is World Mental Health Awareness Day. The OU's Jonathan Leach asks: Are mental health problems the same the world over? 
  • Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Banksy / under terms on Banksy's official website

    Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit

    By Eleni Andreouli

    Are we seeing the start of a new political, ideological and cultural order? Dr Eleni Andreouli weighs the evidence.

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    28 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit

    Methods in Motion: An emerging politics of Brexit Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Banksy / under terms on Banksy's official website
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2017
    Are we seeing the start of a new political, ideological and cultural order? Dr Eleni Andreouli weighs the evidence.
  • Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it? Creative commons image Icon Stig Nygaard [Be aware the original included language some people may find offensive] under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    28 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it?

    Methods in Motion: Politics is awash with large emotions... isn't it? Creative commons image Icon Stig Nygaard [Be aware the original included language some people may find offensive] under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Sep 2017
    In a political climate seemingly awash with powerful emotions, Emeritus Professor John Clarke suggests we should take stock of what people do as well as feel.
  • Methods in Motion: How do researchers know? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Olga Von Eck

    Methods in Motion: How do researchers know?

    By Professor Wendy Hollway

    Emeritus Professor Wendy Hollway looks at the motion of emotion in research, asking 'How do we know?'

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    26 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: How do researchers know?

    Methods in Motion: How do researchers know? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Olga Von Eck
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Sep 2017
    Emeritus Professor Wendy Hollway looks at the motion of emotion in research, asking 'How do we know?'
  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

    By Professor Robert Morrison

    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic...

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    21 Sep 2017

  • Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally

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    Rod Stewart was a 1970s ally Creative commons image Icon Allan Warren under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Sep 2017
    With a powerful ballad and a refusal to bend the knee to his record label, Rod Stewart was an early, unapologetic supporter of equality. Robert Morrison...
  • Methods in Motion: Is Q still the answer? Creative commons image Icon Annette Dubois under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Is Q still the answer?

    By Professor Paul Stenner

    Paul Stenner considers social constructionism - and wonders if it ever-changing times means research methods also...

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Is Q still the answer?

    Methods in Motion: Is Q still the answer? Creative commons image Icon Annette Dubois under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Paul Stenner considers social constructionism - and wonders if it ever-changing times means research methods also need to change.
  • Methods in Motion: The middle children Creative commons image Icon PersonalCreations.com under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: The middle children

    By Dr Sarah Crafter

    Dr Sarah Crafter explores how child language brokers act as cultural mediators of identity and belonging.

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    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    18 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: The middle children

    Methods in Motion: The middle children Creative commons image Icon PersonalCreations.com under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Sep 2017
    Dr Sarah Crafter explores how child language brokers act as cultural mediators of identity and belonging.
  • Are movies really getting longer? Creative commons image Icon rpb1001 under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    Are movies really getting longer?

    By Evan Stewart

    You might think movies are getting longer and longer - but the data tells a more interesting story. Evan Stewart...

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    14 Sep 2017

  • Are movies really getting longer?

    Are movies really getting longer? Creative commons image Icon rpb1001 under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Sep 2017
    You might think movies are getting longer and longer - but the data tells a more interesting story. Evan Stewart orders a large popcorn.
  • More ‘salad bowl’ than ‘melting pot’ Creative commons image Icon Charles Haynes under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    More ‘salad bowl’ than ‘melting pot’

    By Madhavi Kapur

    Madhavi Kapur watches an episode of Indian School, and celebrates the multicultural nature of Indian society.

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    14 Sep 2017

  • More ‘salad bowl’ than ‘melting pot’

    More ‘salad bowl’ than ‘melting pot’ Creative commons image Icon Charles Haynes under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Sep 2017
    Madhavi Kapur watches an episode of Indian School, and celebrates the multicultural nature of Indian society.
  • Methods in Motion: Emotionally sensing knowledge Creative commons image Icon Novemberdelta under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Methods in Motion: Emotionally sensing knowledge

    By Dr Ruth Evans

    Dr Ruth Evans shows how an approach of ‘uncomfortable reflexivity’ in cross-cultural research can help to reveal the...

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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    12 Sep 2017

  • Methods in Motion: Emotionally sensing knowledge

    Methods in Motion: Emotionally sensing knowledge Creative commons image Icon Novemberdelta under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Sep 2017
    Dr Ruth Evans shows how an approach of ‘uncomfortable reflexivity’ in cross-cultural research can help to reveal the work of emotions.

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    This free course, Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency, will introduce two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The...

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  • Psychology in the 21st century

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    This free course, Passports: identity and airports, offers a sociological analysis...
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    What does 'attention' mean to you? This free course, Attention, will help you to examine how we 'pay attention'. How do we manage to single out...

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    What does 'attention' mean to you? This free course, Attention, will help you to...
  • Information technology: A new era?

    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution? The advances made by IBM, Dell and many other manufacturers have...

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    Do the advances in information technology equate to a new industrial revolution?...
  • Nuclear power: Friend or foe?

    Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change has put nuclear energy back on the political agenda as an...

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    Are you for or against nuclear energy? The necessity to respond to climate change...
  • The value of coffee

    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will follow the chain of processes that connect the drink you enjoy on a...

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    This free course explores the economic and cultural value of coffee. You will...
  • The body: A phenomenological psychological perspective

    The body has traditionally been treated as a biological object in psychology. However, is there more to our bodies than that? Some psychologists...

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    The body has traditionally been treated as a biological object in psychology....
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    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. This...

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    This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or...
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    Sexuality and parenthood encompass some of the most ordinary and yet most profound experiences that life has to offer. In this free course,...

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    Sexuality and parenthood encompass some of the most ordinary and yet most profound...

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
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    Are you interested in what shapes the lives we lead and the decisions we make?...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services
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    With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily,...

    Foundation Degree in Counselling

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    Foundation Degree in Counselling Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Oct 2017
    The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly...

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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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    Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 16 Oct 2017
    Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in...

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