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Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood?

Rough sleepers in policy and practice: chaotic and off course, or misunderstood? Copyrighted image Credit: Gary Edwards
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 17 Aug 2015
Are homeless people's lives off track and disorganised? Dan McCulloch's research conveys a different story...

The Laurie Taylor interviews

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The Laurie Taylor interviews Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Updated 19 Jun 2015
Why does Laurie Taylor think sociology is important? What advice does he have for our students? In this series of videos the Thinking...

Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What have been the key trends in sociology over your lifetime? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
In this short video, Laurie Taylor mulls over the key trends that have occured during his lifetime in the field of sociology.

Laurie Taylor interview: What do you think about the growing popularity of criminology?

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Laurie Taylor interview: What do you think about the growing popularity of criminology? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
Laurie Taylor explores why he thinks criminology is growing in popularity in the world of social sciences in this video. 

Laurie Taylor interview: How did you get in to presenting Thinking Allowed?

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Laurie Taylor interview: How did you get in to presenting Thinking Allowed? Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Jun 2015
In this short video, Laurie Taylor, presenter of Thinking Allowed and sociology professor, explains why he wanted to host the BBC Radio 4 show....

Order your free 'The Met' poster

Order your free 'The Met' poster Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Updated 02 Jun 2015
Order your free poster on the policing puzzle to accompany the BBC/OU series The Met.

Timeline: The Metropolitan Police

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Timeline: The Metropolitan Police Copyrighted image Credit: © Raylipscombe
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 02 Jun 2015
Journey back to when The Met began with our interactive timeline and discover the cases and technology that reshaped policing in the UK. 

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive

Catching History's Criminals: The Forensics Story - archive Copyrighted image Credit: The BBC
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 15 May 2015
Gabriel Weston investigates the world of the forensic scientist and the murders they've helped to solve.

The British hitman: A brief introduction

The British hitman: A brief introduction Copyrighted image Credit: Piero Cruciatti | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Apr 2015
David Wilson explains why the reality of killers for hire doesn't match the image suggested by the media.

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Welfare, crime and society

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Welfare, crime and society Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 14 Dec 2009
If you feel that you are being watched, it may well be that you are. Surveillance is an ever growing feature of 21st century life in countries...

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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 05 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...

Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 05 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...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 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...

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology

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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
Is there a link between poverty and crime? Are inequality and injustice factors in anti-social behaviour? What can be done to tackle the breakdown...

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 05 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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Diploma of Higher Education in Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Duration 2400 hours Updated 05 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 05 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 05 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...

BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences

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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
What causes riots? Is commercialisation eroding childhood? Does poverty lead to crime? Social science explores such questions and helps inform...

BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology

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BA (Honours) Social Policy and Criminology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 05 Sep 2015
What is the relationship between crime, social inequality and social exclusion? If anti-social behaviour is associated with family and community...