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History & The Arts 

MA in History

This MA in History provides theoretical and practical training in major themes in local and regional history, research methods, project planning and writing. You'll explore aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, and be introduced to the key themes of poverty and welfare, crime and policing, the role of families, urban history, religion and industrialisation. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials, you'll be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

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BA (Honours) History and Politics free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

BA (Honours) History and Politics

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history while providing a critical understanding of political ideas, institutions, issues and theories. You'll tackle challenging issues such as power and warfare, security and insecurity, global justice, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism and resistance, and class and gender.

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History & The Arts 

BA (Honours) History

This wide-ranging course will develop and deepen your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the late twentieth century. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender. In doing so you'll learn the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

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Diploma of Higher Education in History and Politics free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Diploma of Higher Education in History and Politics

This wide-ranging course will develop your knowledge of history while providing a critical understanding of political issues, concepts and institutions. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and equality, debates in politics at the national and global level, culture and beliefs, imperialism and resistance, class and gender. You'll learn the skills of both the political scientist and the historian in studying historical and contemporary political debates as well as analysing contested political issues and future trends and investigating a range of critical approaches to analysing history and politics.

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History & The Arts 

Diploma of Higher Education in History

This wide-ranging course will develop your knowledge of different periods of history from around 1500 to the twentieth century. You'll tackle such exciting and challenging issues as power and warfare, culture and beliefs, health and medicine, imperialism, class and gender. You'll begin to develop the skills of the historian in studying historical materials; exploring how we understand, interpret and debate past events; and investigating a range of critical approaches.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Social research: crime, justice and society

In this module, you'll take a journey across the social research process, exploring what social research is, how it's conducted, and why it's important. Social research forms a crucial part of efforts to shape and improve societies, and you'll consider the many different ways that social researchers use their research to make a difference. You'll also learn about gender, race and social class, which are core themes throughout. The module has been designed to leave you feeling curious, inspired, and empowered to think critically about the process of producing knowledge about the social world.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Approximation theory

Approximation theory is concerned with approximating functions of a given class, or data of a given type, using functions from another, usually more elementary, class. A simple example is the problem of approximating a function such as e by means of polynomial functions. The efficient solution of such problems is of great importance for computing such approximations, and this module will introduce the mathematical theory behind many approximation methods in common use. This intermediate-level module is based on the set book by M. J. D. Powell.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

How race, gender, age and class affects the way people are perceived

What prejudices does society have when it comes to race, gender age and class? Our short animation explores…

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Society, Politics & Law 

Methods in Motion: Research Modes, Moves, Methods

Elizabeth Silva rounds off the 'Methods in Motion' blog series reflecting on how her own life experience has informed her ways of knowing, and the contribution made by the MiM blogs to advancing 'how we know'.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Wales: Culture and identity

Wales is a vibrant nation with its own language, musical heritage and strong cultural identity. Central to this identity and a source of national pride, is rugby, which is deeply embedded in the national consciousness and explored in ‘Rugby and welsh identity’. Away from the sports pitch, this collection also looks at place and belonging, gender and race, nationalism and language, class, work, and political and cultural representation in Wales. This material forms part of The Open University course D172 Contemporary Wales.

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1 hr 15 mins
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History & The Arts 

Social housing and working class heritage

Would you consider a dilapidated seventies tower block as heritage? In England, some social housing developments have already been given listed status, a level of protection usually associated with castles, monasteries and stately homes. Others are considered as a failed experiment by an outmoded welfare state, fit only for demolition. In this album, we see working class residents of one such estate fighting for its survival. By doing so, they may be challenging some of our fundamental assumptions and preconceptions about heritage. The album also contains academic perspectives from Rodney Harrison, Lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University; and Alan Powers, Professor in Architecture and Cultural History at the University of Greenwich. This material forms part of The Open University Course AD281 Understanding global heritage.

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1 hr 30 mins
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Education & Development 

Open Thinking

'Open Thinking' encapsulates The Open University's approach to Research. This video sequence hints at the rich diversity of the world class research that is undertaken both on the main Walton Hall campus and in collaboration with top ranked institutions elsewhere in the UK and worldwide. Follow the listed links to find out more about the depth and breadth of Open University research, or to explore the repository of publications in Open Research Online.

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5 mins