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Science project course: science in society project free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Science project course: science in society project

This is the project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You will undertake an individual investigation of a topic within the area of natural sciences, such as: climate change; agriculture; biological conservation; nuclear power; or genetic engineering. You'll cover the underpinning science and place your chosen topic in its broad social context, analysing it in relation to communication, risk, ethics and decision-making. You'll need access to scientific literature, probably from electronic library sources. The study materials provide a guide to planning and conducting project work; help with searching and using the literature; and writing a report, but ultimately this is a chance for you to plan and execute a piece of work for yourself.

OU course
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Nature & Environment 

Making environmental decisions

Many decisions and actions, both individual and collective, affect our environment; yet economic and political considerations often dominate. Defining environment to include biophysical, social, political, economic and other factors, this online module uses a systems framework to integrate environment with other elements when making environmental decisions in complex situations. You will explore a contemporary case of environmental decision making concerning fracking, as well as further examples from different parts of the world around water, energy, agriculture, forestry and climate change. You will also be able to consider an environmental decision-making situation of your own choosing, through the development of a project.

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What does climate change mean for Pakistan? article icon

Nature & Environment 

What does climate change mean for Pakistan?

Pakistan will have to prepare for ever rising temperatures - and the threats that brings with it.

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How can you turn desert into farmland? article icon

Nature & Environment 

How can you turn desert into farmland?

Soil is not just dirt but a living system with many important functions. Degraded soils impact on food production, erosion, and more, affecting the lives of people around the world. Restoration efforts in China, Zambia and other countries seek to reverse this trend.

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History & The Arts 

Wartime Farm: Can you Beat The Ministry

A nation at war has many demands on its machinery and manpower - can you share resources more effectively than Lord Woolton and help the war effort?

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History & The Arts 

Wartime Farm: Food In the World War

Some nations suffered harshly during the shortages of wartime - others adapted and managed to keep their populace well-fed. Explore our map to hear some of the stories.

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How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism article icon

History & The Arts 

How the potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism

It can make chips. It can make mash. And the potato can even help create an entire political-economic system. Rebecca Earle explains how.

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How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How are Ethiopian coffee growers responding to climate change?

As the climate changes, Ethiopia's coffee industry is under threat. But faced with a mountain to climb, climbing a mountain might provide a solution. Baraka Rateng’ explains.

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Environment and Sustainable Development - Student Hub Live's Brexit Special video icon

Nature & Environment 

Environment and Sustainable Development - Student Hub Live's Brexit Special

The third Brexit Special video by Student Hub Live.

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How is Khat adding to the food crisis in Yemen? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

How is Khat adding to the food crisis in Yemen?

Yemen is already suffering from conflict. Now, in the chaos, khat farming is growing - redirecting resources from much-needed food production.

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Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry? article icon

Nature & Environment 

Building over farmland: Will city expansion leave the world hungry?

Demand for building land is going to take 30 million hectares out of production. Where will the food for the new city dwellers come from?

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History & The Arts 

Milton Keynes rallies in support of the Corn Laws

On January 23rd, Milton Keynes celebrates 50 years as a new town. But the history of the villages which came together to form the heart of modern Milton Keynes reaches back far further - as this report of a meeting against the Anti Corn Law League in 1844 shows.

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