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Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway

Social Science and Psychology Orange Pathway Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker
Updated 21 Jan 2015
Links to resources recommended by 'Pathways to Success in Higher Education' by The Open University in Wales. 

Social Science and Psychology Pathway

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Updated 21 Jan 2015
So you have decided that studying Social Science and Psychology is for you - what next?

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Moral character

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Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
How do you make good moral decisions when you have no time to make them?  

OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Morality and the law

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OU on the BBC: A History of Ideas - Morality and the law Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Nov 2014
Can the law tell us what is morally acceptable? Barrister Harry Potter, looks at what moral law might be. 

Sacred and secular: Brett Scharffs

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Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 13 Aug 2014
This video explores the corporate social responsibilities of business versus ethical beliefs.

Opening the wardrobe: The blogs

Opening the wardrobe: The blogs Copyrighted image Credit: © Olegd | Dreamstime.com
Updated 01 Nov 2013
Read the expert blogs that support the online sustainable clothing event as part of the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science.

Ethical luxury?

Ethical luxury? Creative commons image Credit: Versesalmio under CC-BY-SA licence
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Oct 2013
Can you live a life of luxury - and still claim to be living an ethical life?

Shop ethically - and bring individuality back into your wardrobe

Shop ethically - and bring individuality back into your wardrobe Copyrighted image Credit: Stylewithheart
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 22 Oct 2013
Having an ecological, ethical wardrobe doesn't mean turning your back on style - far from it, in fact...

The Bottom Line - The business of education

The Bottom Line - The business of education Copyrighted image Credit: 3desc | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 28 Mar 2013
Education as a business is the subject of discussion this week with Evan Davis and guests.

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Plato on tradition and belief

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Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image Credit: The Bridgeman Art Library
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 09 Feb 2015
How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This unit explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to discover why Plato thought that we should...

Marketing in the 21st Century

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Marketing in the 21st Century Copyrighted image Credit: © Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Copyright © Boeing
Masters level Duration 6 hours Updated 10 Feb 2014
This unit offers a managerial perspective of how to deliver more effective marketing in an organisation, regardless of whether it is based in the...

Energy resources: Coal

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Energy resources: Coal Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Intermediate level Duration 17 hours Updated 15 Sep 2011
During the Indistrial Revolution half of the world's coal came from Britain. We still rely heavily on it today to meet our energy needs, but now we...

Philosophy: Justice and Morality

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Philosophy: Justice and Morality Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 13 Jun 2011
Although what constitutes justice may vary depending on culture or historical context, all forms of justice are built on a foundation of moral...

Retail management and marketing

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Retail management and marketing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 10 Jun 2011
How do retailers decide where to locate new stores? Why do consumers behave in a particular manner? How does a frozen pea get from harvest to a...

Social marketing

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Social marketing Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Advanced level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 28 May 2010
Have you ever wondered how marketing techniques have been used to promote positive social change? In a series of lively interviews, Professor...

Ethics in real life

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Ethics in real life Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 20 Apr 2010
Ethical standards play a key role in the conduct of individuals and societies. This audio album contains three tracks that examine the basics of...

Environmental responsibility

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Environmental responsibility Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Masters level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 13 Apr 2010
Complex questions of environmental responsibility are increasingly raised in times of change and uncertainty. The tracks on this album illustrate...

Winning Resources and Support

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Winning Resources and Support Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 45 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
The ability of non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness for key issues and to provide services is absolutely crucial to many people...

Environmental Ethics

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Environmental Ethics Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 25 mins Updated 11 Feb 2010
To what extent does Man have a right to exploit nature in order to live? Do animals have rights? Should we modify the genes of crops if it allows...

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015
Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or...

Professional Certificate in Accounting

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Professional Certificate in Accounting Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015
This Professional Certificate in Accounting is ideal if you want a route into the accountancy profession, or if you need fundamental accounting...

Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People

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Diploma of Higher Education in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Apr 2015
This practice-based diploma course is the qualification for you if you’re living and working in Scotland and have recent experience of working with...

Foundation Degree in Financial Services

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Foundation Degree in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Foundation Degree in Working with Young People

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Foundation Degree in Working with Young People Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 20 Apr 2015
If you work with young people as a volunteer or in a paid role, the Foundation Degree in Working with Young People will enhance your skills and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services

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Diploma of Higher Education in Financial Services Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015
With global financial markets and personal finances making the headlines daily, there’s never been a more exciting time to study finance and...

Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1

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Engineering: professions, practice and skills 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
This module, which includes a compulsory one-week residential school, explores the professional practice and skills of engineers including their...

Making your coaching certificate count

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Making your coaching certificate count Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 20 Apr 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
Develop your practice as a coach by linking your coaching experience to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...

Making your exercise instruction certificate count

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Making your exercise instruction certificate count Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
Link your experience as an exercise instructor or exercise professional to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of...

Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action

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Environmental responsibility: ethics, policy and action Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 21 Apr 2015 Register by 17 Apr 2015
This module is about understanding and taking responsibility, individually and collectively, for policy and action relating to environmental...