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Early modern Europe: society and culture c.1500-1780 free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Early modern Europe: society and culture c.1500-1780

The early modern period from 1500 to 1780 is one of the most engaging periods for historical study. Beginning with the upheavals of the Reformation, and ending with the Enlightenment, this was a time of fundamental intellectual, social, religious and cultural change. At the same time, early modern Europe was rooted in and retained many of the customs of medieval times. You will explore this balance of change and continuity through documents written, and (for the first time) printed including diaries, pamphlets, legal documents, bureaucratic records and ballad songs, as well as the images and objects.

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Nature & Environment 

Environment and society

This module starts with investigating how social science perspectives change the way we understand and respond to the major environmental challenges of our time. You'll explore how understandings of environment and society had profound and unequal consequences for people and ecosystems across the planet, in the age of the Anthropocene. You'll also explore ways of understanding environmental and societal issues that are entangled in cultural, economic, social, and political terms and look at how these can provide the resources required to value environments differently and to build new models of responsibility required to navigate the Anthropocene.

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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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Science project course: science in society project free course icon Level

Science, Maths & Technology 

Science project course: science in society project

This is the project module for the BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences. You will undertake an individual investigation of a topic within the area of natural sciences, such as: climate change; agriculture; biological conservation; nuclear power; or genetic engineering. You'll cover the underpinning science and place your chosen topic in its broad social context, analysing it in relation to communication, risk, ethics and decision-making. You'll need access to scientific literature, probably from electronic library sources. The study materials provide a guide to planning and conducting project work; help with searching and using the literature; and writing a report, but ultimately this is a chance for you to plan and execute a piece of work for yourself.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Law, society and culture

You will need to record an oral presentation as part of your assessed work on this module. We strongly recommend that you use a headset with a microphone, as using an external or integrated microphone and speakers could result in a poor-quality recording.

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People, work and society Access module free course icon

Health, Sports & Psychology 

People, work and society Access module

An Access module is a great place to start if you want a gentle introduction to Open University study. It can also help you to find out more about your interests and where you want your learning to take you.

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Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Lessons from Covid-19: It’s time for a radical approach to homelessness and housing policies

Daniel McCulloch and Dr Victoria Cooper explore the current situation regarding homelessness and housing policy. The Government has shown they can tackle homelessness during Covid-19, so what will they do next?

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The 1912 Ryedale Glove Factory Strike, Dumfries article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

The 1912 Ryedale Glove Factory Strike, Dumfries

On Friday March 22nd, 1912, 150 women working at the Ryedale Glove Factory went on strike and were victorious against an established national employer. This article explains more about the strike and outcomes...

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Marketing and society free course icon Level

Money & Business 

Marketing and society

Are you interested in exploring the application of marketing concepts beyond commercial marketing and considering the issues of ethics and responsible practice in marketing? In this module you'll explore the role and responsibility of marketing in relation to society. Your study will be based around three key themes: ? how marketing can have a positive influence on health and social behaviour; ? how decision making and marketing activities can be affected by taking an ethical perspective; and ? how organisations might adopt responsible marketing behaviour in the context of corporate social responsibility.

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Women in Scotland 1900-2020: Workplace Struggles Project article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Women in Scotland 1900-2020: Workplace Struggles Project

Find out more about an exciting new project which is concerned to uncover a largely hidden past: women’s involvement in workplace struggles across Scotland since the early 1900s and discover how YOU can get involved.

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Society, Politics & Law 

Understanding homelessness

Attempting to understand or quantify homelessness can be difficult, the reasons people find themselves on the streets can be as complicated and as varied as accessing any potential means of support. 

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Society, Politics & Law 

The Homeless Problem

Why do people become homeless? How many people does it affect? This series of short films explores the complex reasons that lead to people finding themselves on the street and the difficulties in supporting them in light of the consequences of austerity policy.

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