This module provides a broad introduction to the vibrant and growing field of children's literature studies. It focuses on constructions of childhood in children's literature and will require you to employ close reading skills, literary analysis and critical engagement in relation to its texts and assignments. You will study children's literature in English, ranging from its beginnings in eighteenth-century chapbooks and fairy tales, through seminal nineteenth-century novels, to contemporary examples of fiction illustrating current trends. The module also includes the study of picture books old and new, stage performance and film, young adult fiction, storytelling and poetry. You will learn about the distinctiveness and purposes of children's literature, its prestigious and popular modes and its different representations of children's worlds.
The module will complete your study for the MA in Philosophy. You'll study: the emotions, Nietzsche, Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, and 'the problem of dirty hands'. Your tutor will help you build on your capacity for independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. The tutorial strategy, which involves both tutors and module team authors, will encourage independent thought using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. Finally, you will be able to complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, provided it is linked to at least one of the topics studied on the MA.
The module will introduce you to graduate-level philosophy through the study of four varied and interesting areas: the beauty of nature; a classic text in Ancient Philosophy ? Plato's ; the nature of consciousness; and issues surrounding global justice. Your tutor will guide you through issues such as conducting independent research, and you will have ample opportunity to liaise with fellow-students online. There is also a comprehensive tutorial strategy that involves both tutors and module team authors. The module encourages independent thought and independent study using the huge range of online books and articles available via the OU Library. You can use this module to extend your studies in the subject, or to change to philosophy from another discipline.
You'll be provided with three printed module books, each covering one block of study, along with a Readings and Resources Book, and a Language Reference Book. You'll have access to a module website, which includes:
This module enables you to carry out a sustained, guided, independent study of a topic in mathematics. Currently there are six topics to choose from: algebraic graph theory; aperiodic tilings and symbolic dynamics; dynamical functional equations and applications; history of modern geometry; interfacial flows and microfluidics; and Riemann surfaces. This list is subject to change. You will be guided by study notes, books, research articles and original sources (or English translations where necessary), which are provided. You'll need to master the appropriate mathematics and ultimately present your work in the form of a final dissertation.
is designed to be studied as your first applied mathematics module at OU level 3. It introduces core topics in applied mathematics at this level and is structured around three books: ; ; and . The module will use the Maxima computer algebra system to illustrate how computers are used to explore properties of dynamical systems. To study this module, you should have a good prior knowledge of the subject area, including differential equations, and some knowledge of mechanics, as provided by the appropriate OU level 2 study.
Travel is something we can all do. We don’t have to travel great distances. A journey can be as close as the distance from our home to the park at the end of the road. Travel writing is one of the most compelling forms of writing because a good travel book can transport you immediately to different places, people, and cultures, all from the comfort of your own home.