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BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

BA (Honours) Criminology and Sociology

Building on the OU's reputation for cutting-edge criminological and sociological teaching and research, this joint degree offers you the chance to study lively, topical and sometimes controversial subject matter. You'll investigate questions of crime, criminalisation and social harm to determine whether society's responses to these questions are adequate and appropriate. You'll also explore how social worlds are made and how we, as individuals, are shaped by the societies in which we live.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Sociology free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Sociology

This diploma offers you the chance to study topical, and at times controversial, criminological and sociological subject matter. As you're investigating questions of crime, criminalisation and social harm, you'll look at society's responses to these questions to determine if they are appropriate and adequate. You'll explore how social worlds are made and how we are shaped by the societies in which we live. You'll also consider the impact of digital technology on individuals and society, power and inequality and, people and things, drawing on your own experience of the interactions you have with technology in your daily life.

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Infectious disease and public health

Infectious disease affects all our lives to varying degrees, often making front-page news: 'New resistant strain of TB', 'Will bird flu cross over to humans?' 'Hospital infections reach epidemic proportions', etc. This module approaches infectious disease from several perspectives ? exploring the underlying biology, epidemiology, ecology and evolution of pathogens in relation to the extraordinary immune defences of their human hosts. You will learn how infections are diagnosed, how to study changes in the incidence of diseases and investigate strategies for treatment and control through detailed case studies. You will also have the chance to study a disease or disease-related topic in detail.

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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.

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Science project course: frontiers in chemistry free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Science project course: frontiers in chemistry

This is a project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You'll undertake individual investigations within a range of defined topics: combinatorial chemistry, fuel cells, nanotechnology, biopolymers, porous materials or transactinides, metals in medicine and drug design and synthesis. 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.

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Science project course: environmental science practical project

This module is the project module for the BSc (Honours) Environmental Science. You will undertake an independent practical investigation of a topic within the area of environmental science. You will design your investigation, collect data (this may be in the field, in a laboratory or at home), analyse it and produce a scientific report. 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.

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Science project course: geosciences free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Science project course: geosciences

This is the project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You will undertake individual investigations within a range of defined topics: natural hazards (atmospheric and hydrologic hazards; earthquakes; landslides; meteorite impacts; volcanoes; and tsunami) or past environmental change. 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.

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Researching biology and health science free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Researching biology and health science

In this project module you'll undertake individual investigations within a range of topics in biology and health science, with an emphasis on data analysis and interpretation. 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. You should study this project as the final module of your degree as you will need to apply knowledge and skills from your prior studies.

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Science project course: radiation and matter free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Science project course: radiation and matter

This is the project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You'll undertake individual investigations within defined topics in the general area of radiation and matter: quantum entanglement, gravitational lensing, exoplanets and astrophysical jets. There is also a Physics Education Research topic. 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.

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Languages 

Beginners Spanish 1: Empezamos!

Have you always loved the sound of Spanish but never been able to grasp what's being said? Perhaps you've holidayed frequently in Spain and felt frustrated that you couldn't start or join in a conversation? Or maybe there's a chance you could work in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country? There are many reasons for learning Spanish, but it can be difficult to know where to start. This 16-unit course offers you an excellent start to your learning journey. Starting with simple greetings and saying your name, you'll progress unit by unit towards being able to hold longer conversations and to understand more language in different situations.

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BA (Honours) Environmental Studies free course icon

Nature & Environment 

BA (Honours) Environmental Studies

Environmental change affects us all, and the challenge of how human society can – and should – respond to environmental problems is likely to be one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. The BA (Hons) Environmental Studies is an original and topical qualification that provides a lively and engaging treatment of a broad range of environmental issues. It integrates the social sciences, technology and sciences to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the environment. While studying towards this degree course you’ll learn about the political, economic, social and scientific conflicts that are at the heart of important contemporary environmental problems and debates. You’ll explore subjects such as climate change; air pollution; waste management; genetically modified food; over-fishing; renewable fuels; sustainability; and global trade. Throughout your studies, you’ll have specialist, subject-based academic support and the chance to join in online communities of other social sciences students for teaching, learning and peer support.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Surviving the 21st Century

Leading cosmologist Professor Martin Rees once famously said that the human race has only a 50 per cent chance of surviving the 21st century. Current President of the Royal Society, Sir Rees cites natural disasters, nuclear war and global warming among the challenges facing future generations. The Open University's Dr Stephen Serjeant interviewed him ahead of the 2010 Reith Lectures to find out what the future of humanity might be and whether we can really estimate the chance of life in space.

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