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Introduction to criminology (DD105)

This module is an ideal introduction to one of the key areas of social sciences as it offers you an informed understanding of how criminal law is applied and its connection to social order/disorder, as well as criminal justice. On a week-by-week basis, you are introduced to different case studies encouraging you to think critically about the relationship between state, power and crime and the factors influencing the definition, contestation and deconstruction of crime in modern societies.  Your studies are integrated with a range of skills that'll also provide a solid basis for progression to an OU level 2 module in this subject.

Economics in context (DD126)

Why are markets so powerful in most economies today? And since when? What is the role of the government in different economies, and how does this role shape opportunities of different people and firms? What explains global inequalities? Why is economic growth such a key economic goal in most countries today? Are there other goals economies could pursue? DD126 Economics in Context, our new level 1 module in Economics, being presented for the first time in September 2019, will unravel some of these questions, using insights from recent history, and from key economic thinkers, and drawing on a plurality of economic perspectives and examples. DD126 will allow you to engage with how economies work, what lies behind government choices, and with how these choices are a result of a particular ideology, and a particular school of thought. It is a building block towards the development of an informed critical perspective on the consequences of economics and economic choices for our daily lives.

You and your money (DB125)

Are you interested in making more informed decisions about your personal finances? You and your money is a practical module that will develop your financial skills and improve your understanding of the constantly changing social and economic environment in which financial decisions are made. You’ll explore questions such as: Why do people borrow so much? How can I plan for my retirement? By the end of this key introductory OU level 1 module, you’ll have a detailed understanding of some key personal finance issues that affect people’s lives, and the skills and knowledge needed to improve your own financial capability. 

Investigating the social world (DD103)

This multidisciplinary module uses a range of learning technologies to help you understand how social scientists investigate the social world. Drawing on the subjects of criminology, social policy, economics, environmental studies, geography, international studies, politics and sociology, you will explore a wide range of everyday topics. Through the module’s investigative and thematic approach you’ll learn the methods, perspectives and tools of the social sciences, further developing your analytical and evaluative skills. This module will help you decide your specialisation at OU level 2, and equip you with a range of skills for further independent study, and for your personal and working life.

Voices, texts and material culture (A105)

This is an interdisciplinary module built around the broad concepts of voices, texts and material culture. It will enable you to extend your understanding of the arts and humanities, both from the perspective of specific disciplines and through interdisciplinary study. The module incorporates elements of art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language studies, heritage studies, history, literature, music, philosophy and religious studies. Throughout the module you will have opportunities to consolidate and extend your critical and analytical abilities, to work collaboratively and to develop flexibility in your writing skills.

Discovering the arts and humanities (A111)

This module will introduce you to the study of the arts and humanities at university level. It presents a broad survey of works of art, people, events, practices and ideas in a period ranging from about three thousand years ago to today. You'll think about the kind of knowledge and understanding that is gained through the study of the arts and humanities and why this matters. The module is structured around three themes: ‘reputations’, ‘traditions’, and ‘crossing boundaries’. This module can be studied on its own or as the starting point for further study of art history, classical studies, creative writing, English literature, history, music, philosophy and religious studies.

Investigating psychology 1 (DE100)

Drawing on a wide range of studies and some classic pieces of psychological research, this key introductory course provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the study of psychology. You will explore the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and find out how psychological research addresses real-life issues with an opportunity to conduct a psychological study of your own. You will be provided with two textbooks and access to a comprehensive website containing an online study guide, audio-visual material and interactive activities which are designed to help you develop your knowledge and skills.

Introducing the social sciences (DD102)

This key introductory OU level 1 course 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.

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