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BA (Honours) Language Studies free course icon

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BA (Honours) Language Studies

This flexible degree allows you to study two modern languages ? from French, German and Spanish ? or to combine one of them with English. Learning a language and about how languages work (including English) opens doors to other cultures and communities, and gives you experience of the world that goes deeper than the average tourist trip. It can also provide a key to the global workplace. By the end of your studies, you'll understand how language is structured and used in different contexts and be an effective and culturally aware communicator ? attributes that are increasingly valuable in today's global environment.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care Practice (Wales)

This certificate explores ideas about what social work is ? using case studies with children, older people, mental health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. You'll also build key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences

This certificate provides a compelling introduction to the social sciences. You'll gain fascinating insights into the everyday lives of people in communities, workplaces and many other social sites as you explore ideas from criminology, economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology. You'll also discover the ways in which social scientists understand and explain the world and how people, groups and institutions respond to change, exercise power and make decisions.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care (Scotland)

This certificate explores ideas about what social work is ? using case studies with children, older people, mental-health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. You'll also build key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.

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Languages 

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

This diploma will equip you to communicate in different languages; develop your cultural understanding; and explore the structure and use of language in different contexts. Starting with a broad grounding in the study of language, you'll study two modern languages ? from French, German and Spanish ? or combine one of them with English. By the end of your studies, you'll be able to engage successfully in a variety of linguistic environments ? opening doors to other cultures and communities, and to exciting career opportunities.

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Certificate of Higher Education in Social Care

This certificate explores ideas about what social work is. You'll use case studies with children, older people, mental health communities, children with disabilities and people with learning disabilities to apply learning to practice contexts. It also builds key skills in information and communication technologies, digital and information literacy and reflective writing.

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History & The Arts 

MA Music part 2

This module is the second part of the MA in Music. You will explore three main study areas of current interest to musicology (music and politics; notations and performances; musical relationships) prior to examining a number of case-study research projects. Topics covered include: the role of music in Nazi Germany, reception history; the protest song; the role of music in communities; early keyboard music; contemporary composition, notation, and performance; composer autographs; opera and gender; and music and social media. The module concludes with the writing of a dissertation, which may be presented digitally.

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Bon d?part: beginners' French free course icon Level

Languages 

Bon d?part: beginners' French

This introductory OU level 1 module is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple French in everyday contexts. It explores life in French-speaking countries and communities, introducing you to a wide range of practical situations such as travelling, shopping, working and eating out. Study resources include printed materials and a dedicated website with a variety of online activities which support independent learning. Together, they'll give you not just language skills but a real feel for French-speaking cultures too.

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Rundblick: beginners' German

This introductory OU level 1 module is designed to develop the skills you need to speak and understand simple German in everyday contexts. It explores life in German-speaking countries and communities worldwide through topics relevant to adult learners ? such as impressions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland: travelling, lifestyles, cultural events, and technology. Study resources include printed materials and a dedicated website with a variety of online activities ? which support independent learning. Together, they'll give you not just language skills but a real feel for German-speaking countries and communities too.

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Translation in practice

This module aims to consolidate your understanding of translation theories studied previously by applying them to the practical task of translating. You can choose to study French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Modern Standard Arabic, in combination with English. You'll engage in professional and collaborative translation, peer review, quality control, and specialised translation. You'll use and evaluate the latest cloud-based translation technologies, including translation memories, machine translation and term bases, and undertake a range of complex translation tasks to and from your main language and English. Translation professionals will contribute to the module, and you'll put their advice into practice when engaging in authentic tasks, for example, audiovisual translation and volunteering with open translation communities.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Terrestrial ecosystems

This module considers the interactions between terrestrial organisms and their environments ? that together form ecosystems, ranging from simple microbial communities to tropical rainforests. We could even consider earth as a whole ecosystem. The module will introduce you to key ecosystem concepts, and develop your understanding of the stability and resilience of ecosystems to disturbances such as disease and pollution. You'll learn how ecosystem function depends on exchanges of water, energy and nutrients; and gain practical experience with current research techniques, including real-time monitoring and computer modelling. Finally, you'll gain experience in writing professional-style reports on ecological systems.

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Languages 

Vivace: intermediate Italian

follows on from : (L195). It revises and consolidates your knowledge of Italian and teaches more advanced language in the context of society and culture in Italian-speaking communities. It offers insights into many aspects of everyday life in modern Italy, so you'll have a better understanding of issues that concern Italian people. The study resources ? including printed materials and a variety of online resources ? are carefully designed to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. They provide clear learning objectives, guidance and model answers. This key introductory OU level 1 module also teaches good study skills and language-learning strategies.

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