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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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BA (Honours) History free course icon

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 free course icon

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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MA Music part 2 free course icon

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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Why is religion controversial? free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Why is religion controversial?

This module focuses on the intricate connections between religion and controversial issues, including politics, tradition, gender, multiculturalism, animism, atheism, violence, sex and capitalism. You will study processes of upheaval and change within religious traditions and some of the complex ? and sometimes clashing ? local, regional and national perspectives on familiar and unfamiliar controversies. Using a mix of historical, sociological and ethnographic sources, approaches and methods, this module will help you to develop your understanding of the nature and role of 'religion' in historical and contemporary societies. The assignments will encourage you to develop your independent research skills and make significant use of the rich resources available online via the OU Library.

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Social research: crime, justice and society free course icon Level

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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Influential women scientists in chemistry article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Influential women scientists in chemistry

Women have played a significant role in the areas of chemistry, the environment and health. Here are just six key players...

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Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime free course icon Level Badge icon

Education & Development 

Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

This free course will introduce you to the many ways of working with children in trouble with the law. You will learn about the emergence of the youth justice system in England and Wales and how it has changed over the years. A comparative approach provides opportunities to learn about the approaches taken in Northern Ireland and Scotland. You will explore topical issues surrounding young people and crime, such as how rates of victimisation and offending vary, with particular reference to the ways age, gender, race and social class shape young people’s experience of crime.   

Free course
24 hrs
Sexual orientation and gender identity free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

Sexual orientation and gender identity

This free course examines legal approaches to people whose sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to that of the majority. This explores how legal and social/cultural attitudes have changed significantly over time, and demonstrates how much they have changed in recent years. Legal approaches to sexual orientation and gender identity cover a range of different areas of law including criminal, employment and family law. The focus will be on the approach of English law (which generally covers the law applying in both England and Wales), but reference will also be made to the approach in other countries.

Free course
10 hrs
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How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women? article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How can we stop science, engineering and technology losing talented women?

There's still a massive gender imbalance in university STEM subjects. What can be done to address this? Clem Herman has some ideas...

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Proper men, proper women: Gender roles in contemporary UK society article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Proper men, proper women: Gender roles in contemporary UK society

Do women have a need for feminism in a Britain where they can enjoy porn while men help out with childcare? It might be too soon to assume the arguments have been settled, warns Stephanie Taylor.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

A brief history of sex education

Michael Reiss looks at sex education, and how it has changed from the second world war to the modern day

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