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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,...

Conducting climate science

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Conducting climate science Creative commons image Credit: Point Lobos Researcher / CC BY-NC 2.0
Introductory level Duration 6 hours Updated 19 Feb 2014
This learning journey looks at how climate science is conducted.

Child of Our Time: What do you think?

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Child of Our Time: What do you think? Copyrighted image Credit: Kaarsten | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 27 Feb 2013
If you've watched Child of Our Time, or you're interested in child development, let us know your thoughts and help with our research

Find out more about child development in the early years

Find out more about child development in the early years Copyrighted image Credit: John Oates
Introductory level Updated 26 Feb 2013
Download the Early Years Developmental Journal to find out more about child development in the early years, and how you can record a child’s...

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Psychological research, obedience and ethics Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission Updated content
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...

Brass Instruments

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Brass Instruments Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2008
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 08 Mar 2010
Technology and music have been closely associated since the very first musical instruments were constructed, and in the 19th century an explosion...

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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 Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
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...

Top-up BA Early Years

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Top-up BA Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
This pathway enables experienced practitioners with a Foundation Degree in Early Years (normally sector endorsed) to enhance their professional...

BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies

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BA (Honours) Philosophy and Psychological Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
Philosophy and psychology seek to answer profound questions about us, our minds, our behaviour, and our place in the social and physical universe....

BA (Honours) Youth Work

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BA (Honours) Youth Work Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
There are few things more important or rewarding than making a positive difference to the lives of young people. This degree will help you develop...

BA (Honours) History

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BA (Honours) History Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
With this degree course you will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from antiquity to the twentieth century....

BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies

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BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
What makes young people tick? What shapes and influences children’s development? How can the adults who work with children support them more...

BSc (Honours) Psychology

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BSc (Honours) Psychology Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
Psychology pervades just about every aspect of our personal and professional lives. The frequent query, ‘What do you have in mind?’ quite literally...

BA (Honours) Early Years

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BA (Honours) Early Years Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 03 Sep 2014
Do you work with young children? Do you want to boost your career and develop your practice? This degree course provides a solid, practical...

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 03 Sep 2014 Register by 11 Sep 2014
Explores how theory influences policy and practice in the youth justice system and helps people working in youth justice become effective...

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 03 Sep 2014 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Gain postgraduate-level skills in research, analysis and presentation of an argument, and explore some of the contemporary debates in philosophy on...