This masters degree explores new perspectives and ways of thinking about crime, harm and justice. It is concerned with examining problematic areas of social life, transgression, 'crime', social harm and justice. You will consider the significance of power, social structure, and economic and social inequalities in understanding 'crime', and processes of criminalisation in local, transnational and global contexts. Studying this qualification will enhance your ability to think critically about problems of crime, social harm and the delivery of justice.
This module examines our understanding of inclusive practice by using literacy and assessment as examples of aspects of education which raise contemporary and historical concerns globally about social justice and equity. Using literacy difficulties and assessment practices as examples, it explores how learner agency is viewed and can be enabled. By examining predominant approaches to issues of social justice and learning from the perspective of the individual and the social, the module moves to consider a range of broader issues relating to social justice, such as setting, labelling and social difference.
This module discusses the legal context of social work, reviewing legal frameworks, principles, structures and processes, which shape and regulate social work practice. It considers how social work can use the law in a positive way, examining the value of law from the perspectives of service users, carers and professionals. The module deals with a range of legal issues related to social care and social work in two main areas: and .
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.
In this module you'll critically explore the diverse ways organisations create, sustain and expand value with particular reference to the roles of the operations and finance functions. It provides the latest theories of value creation, allowing you to practically engage with them across several business functions and a range of organisations. By examining the operations and finance functions, you'll uncover the link between decision making and performance. Business intelligence is used to demonstrate how managers can enhance a firm's value using data and analytics. It also reveals new types of value creation, centring on collaboration, ecological sustainability, employee welfare and overall public good. The use of a game-based learning approach provides a compelling framework to consolidate, reflect, and expand on the knowledge you'll acquire. Overall, this module offers an interdisciplinary lens to investigate how organisations can create and sustain value in an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment, driven by economic, environmental and social concerns.
This module considers the complexities of international law in the twenty-first century by exploring the evolving role and function of international law in the modern world. You'll start by considering the nature and development of the principles of international law before examining the role played by international organisations and non-governmental organisations. You'll then focus on areas that challenge the application and effectiveness of the principles of international law such as security issues and humanitarian interventions and consider international law in its wider context. The module uses contemporary case studies to explore the boundaries of international law.
Today, more than ever, statistics is part of our lives. From this key introductory module you will learn how to use basic statistical tools and quantitative methods that are useful in business, government, industry, medicine, the economy, and most academic subjects. Topics covered include: summarising data; examining relationships; randomness and sampling distributions; probability; testing hypotheses; and estimation. Using data from a range of applications, you'll learn practical statistical techniques and fundamental principles, as well as using software and a calculator to analyse data. The skills introduced will be ideal if you plan to study more mathematics modules or if you encounter data in another subject or your daily life.
Effective communication is essential in science, but do you ever wonder whether articles written about science in the news are thorough, unambiguous and objective? This module will enable you to explore contemporary areas in science, examining the 'science behind the news', and offering some choice in the areas that you will individually investigate. Key skills you will develop include searching current research, critiquing and evaluation methods, risk analysis, decision making and the communication of science. You will also explore different methods of collaborative working in a digital environment ? the module is delivered entirely online, with no printed materials.
If you are interested in using quantitative physical methods to understand the building blocks of the Universe, and already have a good background in OU level 2 maths, physics and astronomy, then this is the module for you. This module focuses on the astrophysics of stars and exoplanets ? examining their properties, structure, evolution and the physical processes that occur within them. The OU's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and internet-based resources are used throughout the module. You'll experience real, collaborative astrophysical research, online with a small group of other students, to acquire, reduce, analyse and interpret data.
This module is an introduction to the creative principles of music. You'll begin by examining the fundamental elements of Western music and comparing them with those of other musical cultures (such as India). You'll develop a detailed understanding of western rhythm, melody, harmony, polyphony, instrumentation, structure and form. You'll learn how to use these elements in song composition and ? by the end of the module ? will have written a complete song with piano accompaniment, using the Sibelius music notation software widely employed in the creative industries.
What is a microbe and what have they ever done for us? From Black Death to Cholera, and Syphilis to Typhoid, microbes have been responsible for some of the world’s most devastating diseases. But they have also provided the human race with the technological advances of genetic engineering and nitrogen fixation, the vision of life on Mars, the life-saving properties of antibiotics and food preservation, along with the wonderful taste of beer. Using expert commentary, animation and stylised visuals, these videos provide an engaging introduction to microbiology, by examining the impact microbes have had on humans through a historical perspective, from Egyptian times to the present day.