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Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children

Sometimes a bunny is just a bunny: The Playboy brand and sexualisation of children Copyrighted image Copyright: Michalakis Ppalis | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Dec 2015
Beyond the tabloid-fuelled rage at Playboy products apparently aimed at children is a much more nuanced relationship with the Bunny brand.

Reviewing science funding

Reviewing science funding Copyrighted image Copyright: BBC
Updated 03 Dec 2015
Science and innovation: out of the frying pan and into the fire? Richard Brooks discusses the spending review and science funding.

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues

The Herculean task of tackling hepatitis C continues Copyright free image Copyright free: Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, The Rockefeller University
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 28 Jul 2015
The scale of the task featuring scientists working to make hepatitis C a thing of the past would be familiar to the ancient Greeks.

Explainer: how much state funding do universities get?

Explainer: how much state funding do universities get? Creative commons image Gary Edwards under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 09 Jun 2015
In this article, John Brennan notes how public money is shifting more towards research in higher education. 

Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys

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Child of Our Time: Try our childhood surveys Copyrighted image Copyright: 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 Copyright: 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

International study into diabetes and depression Copyrighted image Copyright: © Macgyverhh | Dreamstime.com
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...

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Infants’ understanding of their social world

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Infants’ understanding of their social world Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 12 hours Updated 24 Feb 2015
In this free course, Infants' understanding of their social world, we draw on a wide range of psychological research to address the question of...

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 free course, Issues in research with children and young people, considers the aims and range of research with children and young people....

Psychological research, obedience and ethics

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Introductory level Duration 5 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
In this free course, Psychological research, obedience and ethics, you will learn about the importance of ethics in research that is undertaken by...

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

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The ‘why’ and ‘what’ of educational leadership and management Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 8 hours Updated 21 Feb 2013
This free course, The 'why' and 'what' of educational leadership and management, introduces you to researching educational leadership and...

Birth of a drug

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Advanced level Duration 4 hours Updated 03 Sep 2012
The search for new medicinal products is one of the major driving forces behind the development and application of new synthetic methods. This free...

The social in social science

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The social in social science Copyrighted image Copyright: Used with permission
Advanced level Duration 15 hours Updated 23 Jul 2012
In a complex and rapidly changing world, social scientific study examines how we produce things, communicate, govern ourselves and understand our...

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Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction

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Managing systemic change: inquiry, action and interaction Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 30 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module introduces a range of music research skills and you will consider written documents about music, musical criticism and performances in...

Optimization

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Optimization Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Examine techniques used in numerical analysis and operational research to represent real optimization problems as mathematical models, to be solved...

Design essentials

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Design essentials Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Gain the skills for research, planning and development of a design project as well as the ability to translate your design ideas into well...

Youth justice: theory, research and practice

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Youth justice: theory, research and practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explores how theory influences policy and practice in the youth justice system and helps people working in youth justice become effective...

Design for engineers

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Design for engineers Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Intermediate level Duration 300 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
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 Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 21 Oct 2016
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.

Critical social work practice

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Critical social work practice Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 05 Jan 2017
Learn to reflect critically on social work practice, including your own; develop analytical, evaluative and research skills; and develop as an...

Researching and evaluating healthcare practice

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Researching and evaluating healthcare practice Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This course assists you to play a leading role in service improvements through an appreciation of healthcare quality, research, evidence evaluation...

Issues in research with children and young people

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Issues in research with children and young people Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Examine the research process through studies with young children, children and young people carried out in the fields of education, health and...