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Introducing the social sciences free course icon Level

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Introducing the social sciences

This OU level 1 module provides an ideal introduction to the social sciences ? psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology. You'll explore a wide range of topics which shape the nature of contemporary UK society; from questions of identity, inequalities and differences to consumerism and environment, and issues of social order, disorder and governance. Using a blend of text, audio, video and online materials, you'll be equipped with a range of skills for independent study and for your personal and working life.

OU course
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It’s all in a name: why I refuse to use a ‘white’ name article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

It’s all in a name: why I refuse to use a ‘white’ name

Should you ever change your identity in order to progress your career? Open University employee Sudesh Loi gives his views...

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From Pakistan to Britain: Identity and Belonging article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

From Pakistan to Britain: Identity and Belonging

Anila Mirza gives us a personal account or her experiences as a migrant from Pakistan who has now lived in Britain for over twenty years…

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Club, Country, Continent: Juggling fan identities at Euro 2020 article icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

Club, Country, Continent: Juggling fan identities at Euro 2020

Sport can play a role in shaping our identities – where we feel we ‘belong’ and how we view ourselves and others. This article explores the multiple ‘hats’, or scarves, that football fans are likely to wear when they enjoy the Euro 2020 spectacle.

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Weather derivatives - the financialization of weather audio icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Weather derivatives - the financialization of weather

Is it possible to manage the risks presented by nature, such as too much rain at the wrong time of the year and very harsh frosts?

Audio
10 mins
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The European Union and the impact on mixed nationality relationships in northern Finland audio icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The European Union and the impact on mixed nationality relationships in northern Finland

Carol Brown-Leonardi investigates how Britain’s exit from the European Union has affected the perceptions and decision-making of mixed nationality couples to stay and live permanently in Finland or the United Kingdom.

Audio
10 mins
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Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners

This free course concentrates on Sam Selvon's twentieth-century novel, The Lonely Londoners. It considers the depiction of migration in the text as well as Selvon's treatment of memory as a vital part of the migrant's experience.

Free course
10 hrs
Who are we?: Talking Transformations: Home on the Move. A project of translation, poetry and art. article icon

History & The Arts 

Who are we?: Talking Transformations: Home on the Move. A project of translation, poetry and art.

Dr Manuela Perteghella (OU) and Dr Ricarda Vidal (King’s College - London), are exploring what ‘home’ may mean in the era of migration and they also connect ideas of ‘home’ and language.

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Who are we?: Polyglots, poetry and language learning article icon

History & The Arts 

Who are we?: Polyglots, poetry and language learning

Dr Tita Beaven explores how can languages professionals address the languages crisis? And what happens when polyglots and artists get together with language teachers and learners to address the issues that face our discipline?

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Who are we? A project about art, migration, politics and identity article icon

History & The Arts 

Who are we? A project about art, migration, politics and identity

Who Are We Project: Opening up Education on the Move in 2019: Academics and Artists working together to understand migration, participation, citizenship and Belonging

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Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850 free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850

In this free course, Methodism in Wales, 1730–1850, you will learn about a neglected strand of Welsh history and identity. By the mid-nineteenth century, Calvinistic Methodism had become the most popular religious denomination in Wales and a mainstay of Welsh national identity. Where did this new form of religion come from? Why did it become so popular? And how did it become so intertwined with ideas about Welshness? These are the questions this course will consider, and at the same time it will introduce you to some fantastic free online resources for learning about the history of Wales more broadly.

Free course
4 hrs
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The social nature of being human free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law 

The social nature of being human

This free course, The social nature of being human, will introduce you to several of the social aspects of humanity and being human. Some of these are obvious, as, during the course, you will think about crowd behaviour and consider traditional dilemmas of being in crowds. Others will be less obvious, such as the seemingly intimate and private act of charitable giving to the homeless. Yet the focus of the course will at all points be how the 'social' permeates our day-to-day conduct, and often in ways we are not necessarily aware of it. We are in the presence of others, not just when they clearly chant with us or step on our feet, but, more controversially, even when during our most private dreams, fantasies and other ruminations.

Free course
6 hrs
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