This will be the capstone module of your chosen MSc. This is your opportunity to research a topic of your choice in what is likely to be a professional employment-related setting. Acting as an informed investigator you will design, conduct, analyse and report on your chosen research project, applying relevant conceptual, theoretical and methodological material at all stages of your work. You will be expected to carry out your research in a rigorous fashion and to an appropriate academic standard. Spanning only six months, this online module provides a challenging but valuable opportunity to engage in ? and learn from ? a research scenario of your choosing.
Many of us are culprits when it comes to buying more clothes than we can possibly wear, but what harm could it do? Guest author Natalie Dukes explains her research into female attitudes towards the notion of buying fewer garments for sustainability.
Why do Muslim women wear the hijab? How do they reconcile different approaches to veiling between generations, across different geographical regions and in different cultural and social environments? How do they negotiate diverse social and cultural influences, pressures and expectations, legal constraints, practical challenges and fashion trends? In this collection we explore the extraordinary range of different styles of Muslim dress and the emotions people can invest in them. Track 1 looks at different attitudes towards veiling in the Southern Indian city of Calicut (also known as Kozhikode), and in tracks 2, 3 and 4, Stefanie Sinclair, Open University Lecturer in Religious Studies, talks to the anthropologist Emma Tarlo, of Goldsmiths, University of London, about different attitudes among British Muslims towards veiling, fashion and the commercialisation of the hijab. This material forms part of the Open University course A332 Why is religion controversial?