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Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys

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Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 03 Mar 2015
We've run a series of surveys about aspects of childhood over the last few years - try them here, and tell us what you think.

Researching, with feelings

Researching, with feelings Copyrighted image Credit: Tanyaru | Dreamstime.com - White Eggs With Different Emotions In Tray Horizontal Photo
Updated 19 Nov 2014
Caroline Clarke has co-edited a new collection on the link between research and feelings - but why is the relationship important?

International study into diabetes and depression

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Updated 10 Nov 2014
The link between diabetes and depression is prevalent in today's society; the OU's Professor Cathy Lloyd is leading new research into this which in...

Practitioner research

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Practitioner research Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 07 Jul 2014
How does a researcher collate and analyse information? What are the best methods of investigating/examining a question?

The links between poverty and shame

The links between poverty and shame Creative commons image Credit: Salmaan Taseer under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Updated 07 Apr 2014
New research is uncovering links between feelings of shame and poverty that would be familiar to Elizabethans.

We need to protect the World Service, or lose it forever

We need to protect the World Service, or lose it forever Creative commons image Credit: Kate Fisher under CC-BY-NC-ND
Updated 04 Apr 2014
As the World Service moves to being funded from the licence fee, Marie Gillespie explains why she believes it's a service well worth saving.

Death, Dying

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Death, Dying Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 30 mins Updated 01 Apr 2014
The beliefs and traditions that revolve around the meaning of death play an important role in every culture, but how do these ideas vary and what...

Social scientists and social commentators are often more powerful than they like to admit

Social scientists and social commentators are often more powerful than they like to admit Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 28 Feb 2014
The use of a comic lifestyle disease to keep a reckless Texas driver out of jail underlines the need for clear definitions in social science,...

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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...

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this unit you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by psychologists. You will read about the famous study on...

Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 12 hours Updated 21 Jan 2014
Here we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of whether infants have a rich understanding of their social world....

The ‘why’ and ‘what’ of educational leadership and management

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The ‘why’ and ‘what’ of educational leadership and management Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 8 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
This unit introduces you to researching educational leadership and management and how undertaking research can contribute to both good practice and...

Online market research

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Online market research Copyrighted image Credit: Copyrighted Image. Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Apr 2013
How has the arrival of the internet changed the nature of marketing research? Can doing market research with online participants be as effective as...

The social in social science

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The social in social science Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 14 Jul 2011
In a complex and rapidly changing world, social scientific study examines how we produce things, communicate, govern ourselves, understand our...

Birth of a drug

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Birth of a drug Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 13 May 2011
The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This unit...

The science of the mind: investigating mental health

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The science of the mind: investigating mental health Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2010
Intermediate level Duration 2 hours Updated 01 Oct 2010
How do biology, psychology and social science contribute to our understanding of mental health and mental illness? How do the biomedical and...

Darwin and Evolution

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Darwin and Evolution Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin Of Species. This...

Noise Pollution

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Noise Pollution Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 26 Mar 2010
How do your ears work and what kind of sound levels can damage your hearing? The five video tracks in this album explain basic concepts such as...

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Youth justice: theory, research and practice

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Youth justice: theory, research and practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explores how theory influences policy and practice in the youth justice system and helps people working in youth justice become effective...

Optimization

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Optimization Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Examine techniques used in numerical analysis and operational research to represent real optimization problems as mathematical models, to be solved...

Postgraduate foundation module in philosophy

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Postgraduate foundation module in philosophy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 11 Dec 2015
Gain postgraduate-level skills in research, analysis and presentation of an argument, and explore some of the contemporary debates in philosophy on...

Critical social work practice

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Critical social work practice Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 07 Jan 2016
Learn to reflect critically on social work practice, including your own; develop analytical, evaluative and research skills; and develop as an...

Exploring psychology project

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Exploring psychology project Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 150 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 19 Jun 2015
This residential course builds on your study of Exploring psychology, developing your skills in psychological research, and exploring the practical...

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore the three phases of product design – research, planning and development – through online practical activities to gain the skills and...

The law dissertation

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The law dissertation Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 23 Oct 2015
The Law Dissertation is the final element of the LLM and will support you in completing a research project based on your previous LLM studies.

Researching and evaluating healthcare practice

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Researching and evaluating healthcare practice Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This course assists you to play a leading role in service improvements through an appreciation of healthcare quality, research, evidence evaluation...

Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction

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Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Masters level Duration 300 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 30 Sep 2015
Develop your understanding of systemic inquiry, systemic action research and social learning in order to extend your skills of project, programme...

MA Music part 1

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MA Music part 1 Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 29 Mar 2015 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider written documents about music, musical criticism and performances in...