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Making social worlds free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Making social worlds

In order to survive, human beings live in social worlds which create security, foster stable attachment between individuals and things, and regulate behaviour. This accessible, vocationally relevant module demonstrates how sociological approaches can be applied to make sense of these processes ? investigating how they work and how they sometimes fail. Through topics such as medicine, the family, money and reality television, you will explore how social experience is shaped by the material world, and made meaningful through culture. The module is ideal if you have previously studied the social sciences and want to consolidate your understanding of sociology.

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History & The Arts 

MA History part 1

This module aims to provide a foundation for studying local and regional history at an advanced level. You'll cover the key issues in the practice of local history within each of the four distinct 'nations' of the United Kingdom: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The module then explores six key local history themes - poverty, crime and policing, the family, urban history, religion and industrialisation. Underpinning all of this is the development of your research skills. You will be shown how to begin a research project and how to find relevant sources using the growing number of online historical databases.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Exploring legal meaning

This module looks at a range of legal research methods which offer different approaches to, and perspectives on, legal meaning ? the place and meaning of law in the modern world. The methods covered are doctrinal, historical, comparative, socio-legal, critical and feminist and trans-national. For each one, a case study is used to enable the strengths and weaknesses of that particular approach or perspective to be evaluated. The examples range from areas such as the debate surrounding criminal responsibility of children, to the role of the media in the family courts and measures to tackle international corruption.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Surrogacy around the world

Which country allows surrogates to legally accept payment for surrogacy from foreigners? Which European country only permits those in a heterosexual partnership or a single female to be intended parents? Professor Lesley Hoggart and Dr Sarah Earle, reveal some of the different rules in place for surrogacy around the world.

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Improving health and wellbeing

All health and social care practitioners have a role in supporting others to improve their health and wellbeing. While the initiative is one example of this approach, all practitioners are expected to promote health as part of their role. This 40 hour non-accredited online course uses interactive teaching material and case studies to explain how nutrition, exercise, alcohol, smoking and stress are influenced by individual factors, family dynamics, locality and wider society. Biological, psychological and social issues are considered. Discussions of lifestyle and social change connect your study to public health concerns.

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Improving dementia care

This 50-hour non-accredited, self-directed online course is for registered and unregistered practitioners and carers with an interest in, or responsibility for, the care of people with dementia. The course encourages you to think critically about what it means to be person-centred, and reflect upon the challenges of providing quality care. Real accounts of practice from people affected by dementia, their family members and practitioners enrich this interactive course. Written assuming no prior knowledge, the online learning guides support you in building your understanding of dementia care through discussions of up-to-date research and theory, brought to life through interactive activities and audio-visual accounts from practice.

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Counselling: exploring fear and sadness free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Counselling: exploring fear and sadness

Fear and sadness are the most common problems that people seek counselling for. This module introduces you to the ways in which they have been understood: as 'mental health problems'; by different forms of individual therapy; and by approaches that focus on the family, the social group, or society. While the module is primarily academic, you'll develop awareness of counselling skills, processes and techniques. The main sections of the module cover: historical developments in understanding fear and sadness; key individual counselling approaches; approaches that consider relationships and cultural aspects of human suffering; and the practice and evaluation of counselling.

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Does handing a company on to the children work? article icon

Money & Business 

Does handing a company on to the children work?

Research shows the first causal evidence that dynastic family firms have worse management practices, says Daniela Scur.

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Sharenting: What is it and are you doing it? article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Sharenting: What is it and are you doing it?

Professor Lisa Lazard looks at the new digital phenomenon that is sharenting and considers whether it's a product of narcissism or societal pressures of parenting. 

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Education & Development 

Play, learning and the brain

This free course, Play, learning and the brain, examines the area of brain-based learning, with a particular focus on the development of the young child's brain, and is of particular relevance to those who work with young children. We begin by looking at the structure and functions of the brain, and the impact that sensory deprivation can have on these. We consider the implications of current understandings of brain development for teaching and learning, particularly in an early years setting, and finish by exploring the value of play (particularly outdoor play) in children's learning and the development of their brains.

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15 hrs
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Society, Politics & Law 

Family photos and what they mean

What can family photos tell us about households, gender roles and emerging technology? Professor Gillian Rose explores her research on family photography, and how this work interacts with her own experiences.

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5 mins
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Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen video icon

History & The Arts 

Songs of Love and Hate: On Leonard Cohen

After Leonard Cohen's death, Richard Danson Brown explores the way the songwriter specialised in conveying difficulties in father-son relationships through his songs, including 'Hallelujah'.

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10 mins
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