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Postgraduate Diploma in Translation free course icon

Languages 

Postgraduate Diploma in Translation

This qualification is an exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a translator, equipping you to work in the fast-growing translation-services industry. You will experiment with different genres through practical, inspiring translation activities, and hone your practice through peer review. You will gain hands-on experience of using tools necessary to operate in this rapidly evolving area (e.g. audio-visual translation or cloud-based translation tools). Your work will be underpinned by an understanding of translations theories and debates.

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Advance your independent learning

This innovative, personalised module offers you the flexibility of exploring in depth a topic of your choice at master's level. The module gives you the opportunity to advance your research skills whilst investigating a problem or topic of your interest. Your question, which you will agree with your tutor in the first few weeks of the module, may relate to your own professional context, previous study or personal interest. You will draw on a variety of resources to deepen your understanding, including Open Educational Resources (OERs), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), scholarly articles, reports, and audio visual content.

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Language, literacy and learning free course icon

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Language, literacy and learning

This module is for people interested in exploring English language, literacy learning and teaching in today's world with its increasing linguistic and cultural diversity and rapid technological development. The module uses key current ideas and debates, together with audio-visual examples of practice from different language contexts, to explore new and more effective ways of helping students to learn language/English, to learn through language/English and to learn about language/English. It is designed for people teaching English, either as a first, additional or foreign language, for those teaching through English and also for those who are more generally interested in the role of language in education.

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Educational leadership: exploring strategy free course icon

Money & Business 

Educational leadership: exploring strategy

This module looks at the external facing and strategic aspects of leadership in education, including the impact of environmental and internal organisational factors, leadership theories, perspectives and values leading to an exploration of strategic change. This module also looks at the research behind the theories, takes an experiential learning and reflective practitioner approach and helps you to examine current issues and concerns in educational settings. The module uses a blend of learning methods, including opportunities for peer collaborative learning, although there is no compulsory requirement for you to collaborate with others in your tutor group. You will also have access to a Reader containing material by major authors in the field and audio-visual material providing UK and international examples of leadership practice.

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Psychology of childhood and youth free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Psychology of childhood and youth

This module explores key themes in the development of children through the early years, middle childhood and into adolescence, covering attachment, identity, emotions, representation and communication. The module integrates a range of approaches from developmental psychology and childhood studies, and makes extensive use of audio and video material, including a number of specially made documentary films. The module will be of interest to students of psychology, early years, and childhood and youth, and any student interested in theories and contemporary research in developmental psychology, including the influences of family and culture.

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Investigating psychology 1 free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Investigating psychology 1

Drawing on a wide range of studies and some classic pieces of psychological research, this OU level 1 module provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of psychology. You'll explore the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and find out how psychological research addresses real-life issues with an opportunity to conduct a psychological study of your own. You'll be provided with two textbooks and access to a comprehensive website containing an online study guide, audio-visual material and interactive activities which are designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills.

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Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Introduction to childhood studies and child psychology

What influences children's development? How is childhood changing? How important are society and culture in understanding this change? This introductory module offers a fascinating insight into the lives of children and young people. It brings together approaches from anthropology, sociology and psychology, to provide a complete account of some of the complex influences that shape children's experiences. You will investigate topics central to the lives of children and young people, from birth to 18 years, and explore their emotional, physical, intellectual, social and cultural development. You'll be introduced to these thought-provoking topics through audio, video and interactive online materials.

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Perspectives in health and social care free course icon Level

 

Perspectives in health and social care

Health and social care is an important and complex topic that is seldom out of the news. Studying this module will help you get to grips with three important areas which affect us all in our adult lives?health and wellbeing, mental health and ageing and later life. You'll be introduced to some of the key concepts, theories and debates and explore a rich mixture of real-life case studies, audio-visual material and academic texts, all developed by experts drawing on cutting-edge research. An equally important focus of K118 is on developing your study and employment-related skills, allowing you to enhance your understanding of professional and service user-focused practice in health and social care.

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Issues in research with children and young people free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Issues in research with children and young people

Are you interested in how research can contribute to our understandings of children and young people and learning more about their worlds? This module examines the research process through studies with young children, children and young people carried out in the fields of education, health and social care. It explores topics central to the research process such as ethics, diversity, power and the responsibilities of researchers. This is a project-based module with no exam and it will help you to develop your own research and analytical skills using audio, video and online materials.

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Shaping business opportunities

This module provides you with a broad grounding in business and management practice and study. You will explore how organisations work by looking at their internal functions (operations, finance and marketing). You'll also learn about the external environment and how the economic and political context helps shape how businesses respond to global challenges. Using a blend of text, audio, video and interactive online activities, you'll develop vital skills for study and for work in business, public or voluntary sector organisations. Particular attention is paid to developing your critical thinking skills. You will also be introduced to mind mapping as a technique to help you express your ideas and creativity.

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Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences

This module offers an accessible and cutting-edge introduction to the study of religions, exploring places, practices, texts and experiences. You will encounter a range of religious traditions, in particular Christianity, Hinduism and Islam, in diverse geographical, cultural and historical contexts. You will study these religions as they are actually lived and investigate their impact on different societies and cultures. The module challenges various widely held assumptions about religions and the study of religion, and engages students with three core questions: What is religion? How do we study religion? Why should we study religion? Drawing on rich audio-visual material, this module develops key skills for study and employability.

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An introduction to business and management free course icon Level

Money & Business 

An introduction to business and management

This key introductory OU level 1 module provides an accessible and comprehensive introduction to business and management in a globalised world. Through readings and international case studies you'll explore a wide range of topics in contemporary business and management: what motivates people to work; how to ------ financial soundness of a business; what attracts customers; how economic crises affect businesses; and ethical challenges in business and management. Using a blend of text, audio video and interactive online activities, you'll develop vital skills for study and for work in business, public or voluntary sector organisations.

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