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Diploma of Higher Education in Social Sciences free course icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Diploma of Higher Education in Social Sciences

In this diploma you'll discover how social scientists answer some of today's most pressing questions and how they find evidence to test their ideas and theories. Through investigating topics such as consumption, parenting, and globalisation, you'll explore the way our lives are shaped by individuals, groups and institutions By the end of your studies, you'll have changed the way you look at the world forever and gained a range of valuable analytical and evaluative skills, opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.

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Approaches to mental health free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Approaches to mental health

Over the past century there has been a radical shift in responses to people who experience mental health problems. In this module you will learn about how politics and concepts about mental health and professionalism have driven contemporary approaches to these issues. By directly relating theory to case studies and examples, you will reflect upon how the services that are offered shape the lives and experiences of individuals supported by a range of practitioners in statutory organisations, the third sector and beyond. ?You will also critique the role of psychiatry and other professional groups, and consider how diagnosis shapes mental health practice and the benefits and limitations of current responses.

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Advancing social work practice

This is an interdisciplinary module with subject matter derived from psychology, sociology, social policy, law and social work studies. It builds on the pre-requisite module (K832) and will support you as a student social worker in becoming a confident, analytical and reflective practitioner. You'll extend your research skills and explore social work practice with different service user groups.

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History & The Arts 

The Roman Empire

At its height the Roman empire stretched from Scotland to Syria. This module will introduce you to this empire, addressing questions such as how did this vast multicultural population of diverse ethnic, cultural and religious groups maintain itself? How was it viewed by those who ruled it? What forces held the empire together and what happened when these came under pressure? You'll learn how to use written sources and archaeological remains to explore these fundamental questions about what the empire was, how it worked, what it meant to be Roman, and the continuing legacy of the empire.

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Exploring mental health and counselling

The Open University is the world’s leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning. Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether you’re at home, at work or on the move. As an OU student you’'ll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues. Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.

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Dissertation (Finance)

This module is the culmination of the MSc in Finance: a 12-month programme where you will design and conduct your own research project, and write this up as a dissertation. Your project can relate to your work, a topic you've covered in a previous module, or another financial topic you're interested in. This will enable you to demonstrate the research skills expected at masters level including formulating research questions; reviewing relevant literature; designing research to answer your questions; collecting and analysing data; and communicating findings and conclusions effectively and rigorously. Tuition in these research skills is provided in small groups, with online materials to help you develop your project, and one-to-one support and feedback from your supervisor to guide you through the whole process.

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Science, Maths & Technology 

Galois theory

Galois Theory ? developed in the 19 century and named after the unlucky ?variste Galois, who died aged 20 following a duel ? uncovers a strong relationship between the structure of groups and the structure of fields in the Fundamental Theorem of Galois Theory. This has a number of consequences, including the classification of finite fields, impossibility proofs for certain ruler-and-compass constructions, and a proof of the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra. Most famous, however, is the connection it brings between solving polynomials and group theory, culminating in the proof that there is no ?quintic formula? like there is a quadratic formula.

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Three principles of a coaching approach free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Three principles of a coaching approach

This course provides a good sense for three of the core skills required of an effective coach. Whether or not you recognise the use of a 'coaching approach' in your workplace, you will be able to use the learning in the course to enhance your day-to-day interactions in your workplace.

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2 hrs
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Developing your skills as an HR professional free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Developing your skills as an HR professional

This free course, Developing your skills as an HR professional, will help you to develop some of the skills you will need to be effective as an HR professional. You will practise learning reflectively and you will also develop the skills of organising yourself, managing time and stress, and working in teams or groups.

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9 hrs
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Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People free course icon

Education & Development 

Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People

Do you have experience of working with young people in informal settings such as youth clubs, youth organisations like the Guides or Scouts, or other groups working with young people aged 13–19 years? Are you thinking about volunteering for such a role, or considering a career in youth work? This certificate is an excellent place to start – even if you’re not yet working with young people, as it’s not until you study the second module (which is work-based) that you’ll need to be working in an appropriate setting. The Certificate of Higher Education in Working with Young People is designed to develop your knowledge of ethics, values and purposes, and the understanding required to work effectively with young people. You’ll also gain the essential skills expected of professional workers in this field, and be well prepared for further study, enquiry and reflection on your practice.

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Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning free course icon

Education & Development 

Diploma of Higher Education in Primary Teaching and Learning

Classroom and teaching assistants and classroom support staff represent one of the fastest growing occupational groups in the country. If you’re a classroom or teaching assistant (or in an equivalent school support role) the DipHE in Primary Teaching and Learning will extend your skills in the classroom, develop your professional knowledge and expertise and boost your career opportunities. It combines work-based learning with academic study to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support primary-aged children in their school learning. To study this DipHE course, you’ll need to be an experienced classroom or teaching assistant, experienced volunteer or equivalent working with children in primary schools (age range 4 to 11 years and up to age 12 in Scotland).

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Social care, social work and the law

The law and aspects of the legal system have a massive impact on the lives of social workers, from defining policy and procedure to the actual process of day-to-day working. This album presents an encompassing and engrossing look at the interaction between legal and social teams, and how different professions and groups interact to ensure equality and representation for all members of society. Not only do these discussions offer an insight into the justification and implementation of policy, they also provide illumination onto the realities and experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This material forms part of The Open University course K269 Social care, social work and the law (England and Wales).

2 hrs 45 mins
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