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Race and Youth Policy: working with young people free course icon Level

Education & Development 

Race and Youth Policy: working with young people

How should we, as a society, best respond to and prevent gang and knife crime and violent extremism?  Is it fair to target Black and Muslim Asian youth populations, via social policy, as being groups most at-risk from committing gun and knife violence and acts of terrorism?  Within a context of major cuts to generic young people’s services, is it justifiable for government policy and funding priorities to only focus on youth programmes, tasked with preventing radicalisation and gang violence?  This course will look at the meaning of social policy, how it works as a mechanism of persuading people to behave in specific ways, its role in shaping our understandings of young people, and the role practitioners can play in mediating and influencing policy. In particular, this course will examine the racialisation and criminalisation of youth social policy as it pertains to Black and Muslim Asian British youth.

Free course
6 hrs
Applying to study for a PhD in psychology  free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Applying to study for a PhD in psychology

This free OpenLearn course is for psychology students and graduates who are interested in PhD study at some future point. Even if you have met PhD students and heard about their projects, it is likely that you have only a vague idea of what PhD study entails. This course is intended to give you more information.

Free course
6 hrs
An introduction to data and information in health and social care free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

An introduction to data and information in health and social care

Have you ever wondered about how information and technology have impacted healthcare? What influence does all this have on how a day-to-day clinical role is carried out? This free course, An introduction to data and information in health and social care, will help you to understand the ways computers and technology work with health data to produce information, and how exactly this impacts patient care.

Free course
12 hrs
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An introduction to social work free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

An introduction to social work

Do you want to learn more about the social work role and develop your understanding of some of the theory associated with social work practice? This free course, An introduction to social work, begins by introducing key ideas, values, the social work process and the skills needed for social work practice in the UK. You will then move on to look at social work with individuals. Finally this OpenLearn course considers reflective practice. Transcript

Free course
15 hrs
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Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role free course icon Level Badge icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role

  Are you a carer? Or do you work with a carer, or know someone who one? This free course, Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role, is designed to give an insight into the demands, both physically and mentally, of the caring role and look at how taking part in physical activity can offer benefits to the health and wellbeing of carers. Given the demands of the caring role, the course also looks at possible ways to start incorporating physical activity into everyday life and reflects upon a number of case studies. By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge about strategies that will help you to understand how to support and improve the wellbeing of either yourself or a carer you know.

Free course
6 hrs
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Young people’s wellbeing free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Young people’s wellbeing

What do we mean by 'wellbeing' for young people? How is it shaped by social differences and inequalities, and how can we improve young people's mental and physical health? This free course, Young people's wellbeing, will examine the range of factors affecting young people's wellbeing, such as obesity, binge drinking, depression and behavioural problems.

Free course
16 hrs
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What happens to you when you read? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What happens to you when you read?

Ever wondered about the psychology of literature or stories? Or how a certain narrative might change our attitude or perspective? This free course, What happens to you when you read? explores our relationship with books and the ways in which engaging with fiction in particular can change readers.  Research shows that as well as providing us with a form of entertainment, the activity of reading can bring benefits to our wellbeing in challenging times. People have experienced and explored these benefits throughout history. A good story can entertain us, develop our creativity and imagination, and transport us to different fictional worlds, but it can change us psychologically as well. Transcript As you work your way through this course, you will have the chance to participate in both reading and writing activities and experience for yourself what happens to you when you read.

Free course
3 hrs
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Why use literature reviews in health and social care? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Why use literature reviews in health and social care?

Why use literature reviews in health and social care? is a free course which introduces and explains how literature reviews can support evidence-based practice in health and social care. A literature review can offer a systematic way in which to sift through information to produce relevant existing knowledge and discern knowledge gaps. This short course explores different examples of the use of literature reviews that have informed policy and practice; social work with older people, cessation of cigarette smoking in pregnant women and use of mindfulness therapy with respect to older people with dementia and their carers.

Free course
2 hrs
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Challenging ideas in mental health free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Challenging ideas in mental health

Take a new and different look at mental health. This free course, Challenging ideas in mental health, invites you to think differently about life's dilemmas by taking account of the views of all concerned, especially people experiencing mental distress. It explores ideas and practice in mental health, and will appeal to a wide range of people.

Free course
8 hrs
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The caring manager in health and social care free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

The caring manager in health and social care

In this free course, The caring manager in health and social care, particular attention will be paid to stress and change, the relationship between stress and organisational change, and the ways in which management can lead with a caring face in the context of ongoing organisational change in health and social care.

Free course
7 hrs
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What do we mean by digital health and social care? free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

What do we mean by digital health and social care?

This free course, What do we mean by digital health and social care?, will focus on digital health and social care technologies. It will explore the different types of technologies that exist in health and social care and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each of them. It will also focus on policies and digital innovations in different parts of the UK.

Free course
4 hrs
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Accessibility and inclusion in digital health free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Accessibility and inclusion in digital health

In this free course, Accessibility and inclusion in digital health, you will consider some of the ways that people can access digital health in the UK and how they are able to take more control over their physical and mental health. 

Free course
4 hrs
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