SOCIAL SCIENCES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University

 
SOCIAL SCIENCES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
YOUR 2018–2019

SOCIAL
SCIENCES
PROSPECTUS
SOCIAL SCIENCES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
SOCIAL SCIENCES YOUR 2018-2019 PROSPECTUS - The Open University
EXPLORE THE OU
Achieve your goals with The Open University        3

Five reasons why you should choose us              4


What you need to get started                       5

What you can study                                 6

Learn in a way that suits you                      7

Boost your confidence with an Access module        8

How you build your qualification                  10

How long your qualification will take             12

When and how you can pay                          14

EXPLORE THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Welcome to the social sciences                    16

World-leading research – shaping our curriculum   18

FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
Undergraduate courses                             19

FIND A POSTGRADUATE COURSE
Postgraduate courses                              48

BEFORE YOU GO
Other useful information                          60

Get in touch                             BACK COVER
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Dream of changing your future?
Believe you can. Start expanding

                                                                                                      EXPLORE THE OU
your horizons and learning new
skills. Take your career to the next
level, or start a completely new one.
We’re here to help you succeed.

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
WITH THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
We’re pioneers in distance learning, and since we
were founded have helped more than two million
people realise their potential. Our unique approach
to learning means you don’t have to put your life
on hold to get the qualification you want.
                                                                       86%
                                                                       of FTSE 100 companies
                                                                       have sponsored employees
                                                                       on OU courses
WE WILL:                          YOU CAN EXPECT:
–– help you get a qualification   –– materials that are
   to suit you and your goals        designed with you in mind
–– provide you with the           –– continuous innovation –
   teaching and learning             we’ve been leading the way
   resources you’ll need             in distance learning for nearly
–– offer a flexible learning         50 years, ensuring education
   experience based around           is accessible, whatever
   you and your life                 your circumstances

–– use technology and teaching    –– access to world-class resources
   methods that enhance your         whenever you need them
   study experience               –– qualifications that are
–– be there to support you           respected by employers
   every step of the way.            the world over.

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FIVE REASONS
         WHY YOU                 1.
          SHOULD                 We’re open to you –
                                 we make learning
       CHOOSE US                 available to all,
                                 regardless of
                                 background, age
                                 or additional
                                 learning needs.

      2.
      You can study
                                 3.
                                 We guarantee
      around your existing       outstanding value
      commitments – we’re        and a high-quality
      experts in helping         education at a
      people fit their studies   competitive price.
      around their busy lives.

      4.
      We’ve designed
                                 5.
                                 You get more than
      our qualifications         a highly respected
      to enable you to put       qualification – you’ll
      what you learn into        be able to show you’re
      practice immediately.      dedicated and committed,
                                 skills that are valued in
                                 the workplace.

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EXPLORE THE OU
WHAT YOU NEED
TO GET STARTED
Where you start in life            YOU CAN DO IT                           WHAT YOU NEED
shouldn’t limit where you          The main reason we’re called            There are just a couple of things
                                   The Open University is that we’re       that you will need to be able to
go. If you’re determined to
                                   open to everyone. Every year, we        study with us.
succeed and prepared to            help thousands of people achieve        –– A computer with internet
work hard then we can              extraordinary things.                      access. But don’t worry if you
help you get started.              –– There are no formal                     haven’t got access to one right
                                      academic entry requirements             now – you could receive help
It’s easy to begin studying with      at undergraduate level.                 to buy a computer.
us. The next few pages will tell      For some qualifications you          –– A good grasp of the English
you more about how studying           may need to be in relevant              language. Our courses are
with The Open University works,       paid or voluntary employment.           taught in English, so if you’re
the courses we offer, how you      –– We helped around 22,000                 unsure whether your English
pay, and how long your                students with disabilities and          is at the right level, go to
qualification will take.              additional needs last year alone.       openuniversity.co.uk/
                                   –– Our students are diverse.               englishlanguage for
                                      30% of new undergraduate                help and guidance.
                                      students are under 25 and
                                      our oldest students are in
                                      their nineties.

                                   HAVE YOU STUDIED BEFORE?
                                   If you’ve studied at higher education level before, it might
                                   count towards your OU qualification, cutting down the modules
                                   you’ll need to study as well as saving you time and money.
                                   If you tell us what you’ve done, we’ll do the rest.
                                   Go to openuniversity.co.uk/credit-transfer.

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WHAT YOU CAN STUDY
    We offer nearly                  –– Diploma of                      FOR POSTGRADUATES
                                        higher education
    200 highly respected                                                We offer a choice of masters
                                        Expand your knowledge           degrees which require 180 credits
    qualifications. Decide              and improve your skillset.      and a postgraduate certificate
    which type of qualification         A diploma of higher education   which requires 60 credits.
    is best for you.                    is equivalent to two-thirds
                                                                        Whatever you choose,
                                        of an honours degree.
                                                                        we’ll give you:
                                     –– Foundation degree –
    FOR UNDERGRADUATES                  Focus on a particular area      –– the flexibility to fit
                                        related to what you’re doing       postgraduate study around
    –– A degree in a named subject
                                        now, in either a work or           your other commitments
       Complete modules in a
       particular subject to earn       voluntary setting.              –– the opportunity to
       an honours degree.               A foundation degree is             improve your career
    –– An Open degree                   equivalent to two-thirds        –– freedom to follow your
       Design an honours degree         of an honours degree.              passions in depth.
       from across a number of       –– Certificate of
       subjects to meet your own        higher education
       needs and interests.             Get a general grounding
                                        in a subject. A certificate
                                        of higher education is               To find out more
                                        equivalent to one-third              about how you
                                        of an honours degree.
                                                                             BUILD YOUR
                                                                             QUALIFICATION
                                                                             and how long it takes,
                                                                             see pages 10–13

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EXPLORE THE OU
LEARN IN A WAY
THAT SUITS YOU
You’ll have the flexibility to         PIONEERING TECHNOLOGY               DO YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL
                                                                           STUDY NEEDS?
fit study around the other             We’ve been using innovative
                                       technology to connect with          We’re committed to helping
things going on in your life,
                                       our students since we first         students with disabilities and
whatever they may be.                  started. We’ll make sure that       additional needs. We’ll give
                                       you always have what you            you the tools to help overcome
                                       need and feel connected.            obstacles that could stand in
SUPPORTED OPEN LEARNING
                                                                           the way of your learning –
We have designed our learning          CONNECT WITH                        whatever your needs may be.
experience to combine flexibility      OTHER STUDENTS
and regular contact ensuring you                                           DISABLED STUDENTS’
                                       You can use our module discussion
get the help you need to learn in                                          ALLOWANCE (DSA) –
                                       groups to talk about subjects or
the best possible way. You’ll get
                                       study methods, or you could         UK STUDENTS ONLY
regular support from tutors and                                            A DSA can help you with study
                                       follow us on social media.
access to all the materials and                                            costs that result directly from
resources essential to your course.    Join the conversation on
                                       Facebook.com/OUstudents             your disability or specific learning
You’ll also have access to a student                                       difficulty. They’re not means-
                                       Twitter.com/OUstudents
support team who will be there to                                          tested and can go towards
                                       Instagram.com/OUstudentslive
help you on your learning journey.                                         specialist equipment (such as an
                                       Or you could join one of the many   adapted computer), non-medical
HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED               informal Facebook groups set up     study support (e.g. a dyslexia
                                       by students.                        support worker) or other related
You could be assessed in a
number of different ways.                                                  expenses. You can also apply for
                                       STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
We use a combination of                                                    help with study-related travel
written assignments, oral or           You’ll gain automatic entry to      costs that result directly from
practical assessments, projects,       our active students association     your disability.
examinations, dissertations            when you register – you can
                                                                           For more information go to
and portfolios.                        help influence University
                                                                           openuniversity.co.uk/disability
                                       decisions, meet fellow students
                                                                           or call us on 0300 303 5303.
                                       and develop new skills.
                                       Find out more at
                                       openuniversity.co.uk/ousa.

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BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE
    WITH AN ACCESS MODULE
    If you don’t have much                 You don’t have to do one, but you        WHAT DO YOU
    experience of university-              might find it useful if you’d like to:   NEED TO BEGIN?
                                           –– improve your confidence
    level study or haven’t                                                          You can start Access modules
                                           –– get a taste of a subject area
    studied in a while, you                                                         in February and October.
                                              you’re thinking of studying
    could benefit from starting               in more detail
                                                                                    You’ll need:
    your studies with one of               –– brush up on your study skills.
                                                                                    –– access to a phone
    our Access modules.                    Each module includes a
                                                                                    –– equipment that plays DVDs
                                           selection of materials, online           –– the use of a computer
    They offer a great introduction        quizzes, and assignments that               with internet access –
    to a range of subjects and act as      you complete over 30 weeks.                 you don’t need to buy
    a taster to see if you want to delve   It takes around nine hours of               one though, the use of
    deeper. Students who choose to         study each week.                            one at a public library
    start with an Access module do                                                     will be fine.
                                           You’ll get:
    better on their next module, so its
    a great way to start your chosen       –– a personal tutor providing
    qualification. You might even             regular feedback with one-
    qualify for a free Access module.         to-one telephone tutorials
                                           –– further support from
                                              a dedicated team
                                              throughout your study
                                           –– detailed written feedback.

       WHAT YOU CAN STUDY                    People, work and society                areas particularly, but also
                                             Access module (Y032)                    prepare you for further study on
       The following Access module                                                   a wide variety of qualifications.
                                             This is a multi-disciplinary module
       can prepare you for one or
                                             – you’ll be getting compelling          We offer two other Access
       more of the qualifications
                                             insights into a wide range of           modules, which are more
       we offer in social sciences.
                                             areas, including childhood and          relevant to other subject areas:
                                             youth studies; social science;          Arts and languages
                                             psychology; health; business and        Access module (Y031)
                                             law. This will allow you to improve
                                                                                     Science, technology and
                                             your subject knowledge in those
                                                                                     maths Access module (Y033)

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DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE ACCESS MODULE?
You can study an Access               HOW MUCH DOES AN                          Students who prepare
module for free if you:               ACCESS MODULE COST?                       by taking an Access module
–– live in the UK (excludes           If you don’t qualify to study             are more likely to be
   Channel Islands and Isle of Man)   for free, the cost depends                SUCCESSFUL
   or have a British Forces Post      on where you live.                        in their future studies
   Office address                     –– In England, the Channel Islands
–– are studying the module to            and the Isle of Man it’s £732.
   prepare for an OU qualification    –– In Northern Ireland, Scotland
   (this doesn’t apply if you live       and Wales it’s £246.
   in Scotland)
                                      Pay up front by debit or
–– have a household income (or,       credit card, or by bank transfer.
   in Scotland, a personal income)    Or spread the cost with an
   of £25,000 or less, or you’re      Open University Student
   receiving qualifying benefits      Budget Account – see
–– have completed no more             page 15 for more information.
   than one year of a full-time       If you’re studying an Access         NEXT STEPS
   undergraduate programme            module in preparation for an         Order an Access
   at NQF level 4/SCQF level 7        OU qualification and you live        Modules Prospectus
   or above, and not completed        in England or Wales, you             at openuniversity.co.uk/
   30 credits or more of OU study.    could cover the cost with            ug-access or speak to our
                                      a student loan – see page 14         Student Recruitment team
                                      for more information.                on 0300 303 0069.

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HOW YOU BUILD
     YOUR QUALIFICATION

     UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
                                                                  ACCESS MODULE
     You’ll need to build up a set                            An optional module to build
                                                              your confidence and prepare
     number of credits to gain your                              you for further study.
     qualification. Here’s how it works.

     WHAT ARE STAGES, CREDITS                                  To complete Stage 1, you’ll
     AND MODULES?                                          need 120 credits, studying modules
                                                 STAGE 1         worth 30 or 60 credits.
     STAGES
     –– You must complete three stages to
        gain an honours degree, two stages                           120 CREDITS
        for a diploma of higher education or
        foundation degree, and one stage for
        a certificate of higher education.                 Certificate of higher education
     –– To complete each stage you must
        build up a set number of credits…

     CREDITS                                                  To complete Stage 2, you’ll
     –– You need 120 credits to                            need a further 120 credits, studying
        complete each stage.                                modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                 STAGE 2

     –– You need a set number of credits
        to gain your chosen qualification
        e.g. you need 360 credits to gain                           240 CREDITS
        an honours degree.
     –– Most students study 60 credits a year.
                                                             Diploma of higher education
     –– You gain credits by successfully                        or foundation degree
        completing modules…

     MODULES
     –– With each module you successfully
                                                              To complete Stage 3, you’ll
        complete, you’ll earn a set number
                                                           need a further 120 credits, studying
        of credits, usually 30 or 60.
                                                            modules worth 30 or 60 credits.
                                                 STAGE 3

     –– Modules are either compulsory or
        selected from a choice of options.
     –– You choose the modules you                                  360 CREDITS
        want to study, year by year.

                                                                    Honours degree

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POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS
You gain a postgraduate
qualification by building up
a set number of credits...

CREDITS
You need:
–– 60 credits to gain a                              60 credits at postgraduate level.
   postgraduate certificate
–– 120 credits to gain a
   postgraduate diploma
–– 180 credits to gain a                                  Postgraduate certificate
   masters degree.
You gain credits by successfully
completing modules…

MODULES                                           A further 60 credits at postgraduate
                                                         level – total 120 credits.
–– With each module you successfully
   complete, you’ll earn a set number
   of credits, usually 30 or 60.
–– Modules are either compulsory or                         Postgraduate diploma
   selected from a choice of options.
–– You choose the modules you
   want to study, year by year.

GETTING STARTED
                                                  A further 60 credits at postgraduate
All you need to do is choose which                       level – total 180 credits.
qualification you want to study and register
on a module that counts towards that
qualification. You can find out more about
the postgraduate qualifications we offer
                                                                 Masters degree
in social sciences from page 48.
                                               Please note that not all social sciences masters
                                               programmes follow this pattern of study.

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HOW LONG YOUR
     QUALIFICATION WILL TAKE
     Exactly how long it will take to get your qualification depends on how many
     credits you study each year and which qualification you’re working towards.
     Most of our students study part time. The way we work gives you the flexibility
     to get the qualification you want in a timeframe that’s right for you. If you want
     to study full time, you’ll need to plan your studies carefully.

     UNDERGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

       PART TIME | 60 CREDITS A YEAR | 16–18 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

           CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (120 CREDITS)

             FOUNDATION DEGREE/
               DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (240 CREDITS)

                    HONOURS DEGREE
                       (360 CREDITS)

                                              0               1              2              3               4              5    6

                                                                                 YEARS TO COMPLETE

       FULL TIME | 120 CREDITS A YEAR | 32–36 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

           CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (120 CREDITS)

             FOUNDATION DEGREE/
               DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
          EDUCATION (240 CREDITS)

                    HONOURS DEGREE
                       (360 CREDITS)

                                              0               1              2              3               4              5    6

                                                                                 YEARS TO COMPLETE

     Some undergraduate qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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EXPLORE THE OU
 The OU gave me the freedom to work a
 full-time job and study at the same time
 without being stretched way too thin.”
 Kerry Gray,
 OU graduate

POSTGRADUATE QUALIFICATIONS

  PART TIME | 60 CREDITS A YEAR | 16–20 STUDY HOURS A WEEK

                  POSTGRADUATE
                     CERTIFICATE
                    (60 CREDITS)

      POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA
               (120 CREDITS)

                MASTERS DEGREE
                   (180 CREDITS)

                                          0                              1                              2                 3

                                                                             YEARS TO COMPLETE

Some postgraduate qualifications follow a different pattern of study. See individual descriptions for more information.

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WHEN AND HOW
      YOU CAN PAY
     We offer great value                            FUNDING – ENGLAND                    –– Welsh Government Learning
                                                     AND WALES                               Grant – a non-means tested
     for money, giving you
                                                     If you live in England or Wales         maintenance grant of up to £750
     an excellent standard
                                                     the best way to fund your studies,   –– Special Support Grant – a means
     of teaching at a highly                         regardless of age or income,            tested maintenance grant of up
     competitive price. And                          might be with a student loan            to £3,750. This is in addition to
     we’ll always help you find                      from Student Finance England            the non-means tested grant.
                                                     or Student Finance Wales. It’s
     a way of paying that suits                      the most popular way to pay and      ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE?
     your circumstances.                             you only start paying it back when   You might still qualify for a student
                                                     you earn more than the income        loan. You need to be living in
     FOR UNDERGRADUATE                               threshold (currently £25,000).       England or Wales and looking
                                                                                          to study an eligible qualification.
     You’ll pay on a module-by-module
                                                     EXAMPLE REPAYMENT AMOUNTS
     basis, rather than for your whole                                                    For more information go to
     qualification at the start. See                  INCOME EACH            MONTHLY      openuniversity.co.uk/quals.
                                                      YEAR BEFORE TAX        REPAYMENT
     below to get an idea of costs.
                                                      Up to £25,000          £0           FUNDING – NORTHERN IRELAND
          LIVING IN ENGLAND                                                               If you live in Northern Ireland you
                                                      £27,000                £15
          CREDITS                      COST
                                                                                          could be eligible for a Part-Time
          EACH YEAR                    PER YEAR 1     £34,000                £67.50       Fee Grant of up to £1,230 to help
                                                                                          towards your fees. The amount
          30.                          £1,464         £49,000                £180
                                                                                          depends on how much you earn
          60.                          £2,928                                             and your study intensity (the
                                                     To qualify for a loan you need
                                                                                          number of credits you study).
          120.                         £5,856        to be studying at least one
                                                                                          If you’re not eligible for a Part-Time
                                                     module worth 30 credits or
     1
      2018/19 prices; fees normally increase                                              Fee Grant or if your Part-Time Fee
                                                     more and be registered to
      annually in line with inflation and the                                             Grant does not cover the full
      University’s strategic approach to fees.       study for a qualification.
                                                                                          cost of your tuition fees, you can
     In England, the cost for a 360-credit           If you get a loan:                   apply for a Part-Time Tuition Fee
     honours degree based on today’s                                                      Loan. See our website for more
                                                     –– you won’t have to pay anything    information or call 028 9032 3722.
     prices is £17,568.
                                                        back for up to four years

          LIVING IN NORTHERN IRELAND,                –– repayments are based on what      FUNDING – SCOTLAND
          SCOTLAND OR WALES                             you earn, not what you owe        If you live in Scotland and your
                                                     –– payments are deducted             personal income is £25,000 or
          CREDITS                      COST
          EACH YEAR                    PER YEAR 2       automatically from your salary    less, or you’re on certain benefits,
                                                     –– you can pay off the loan          and you’re studying at least 30
          30.                          £492                                               credits, you could qualify for a
                                                        early without any penalties
          60.                          £984                                               Part-Time Fee Grant to cover all
                                                     –– any balance outstanding after     of your course fees. It isn’t a loan
          120.                         £1,968           30 years will be written off.     and you won’t need to repay it.
     2
          2018/19 prices (exceptions apply); fees    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT – WALES
          normally increase annually in line with                                         STUDY SUPPORT AND
          inflation and the University’s strategic   From September 2018, new             DISCRETIONARY FUNDS
          approach to fees.
                                                     students studying part time can      If your annual income is less
     In Northern Ireland, Scotland                   also apply for financial support     than £25,000, you might be
     and Wales, the cost for a typical               to help with living costs. There     eligible for additional means-
     360-credit honours degree based                 are two new grants available         tested funding for study-related
     on today’s prices is £5,904.                    and both are non-repayable:          costs, such as travel, childcare
                                                                                          and internet access.

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SELF-FUNDED STUDY                        –– be studying a masters degree        If you get a loan:
It’s easy to pay for your studies           which can be completed in no        –– you’ll start repaying your
using a debit or credit card or             more than three years                  loan the April after you’ve
by bank transfer. Or spread the          –– not currently have a masters           graduated or left the course
cost with an Open University                degree or equivalent                –– repayments are based on what
Student Budget Account – see             –– be studying your qualification         you earn, not what you owe. You
below for more information.                 from the beginning.                    only start paying it back when
                                                                                   you earn more than the income
GET SPONSORED                            If you get a loan:                        threshold (currently £17,775)
See whether your company                 –– you’ll start repaying your          –– payments are deducted
or organisation would want                  loan the April after you’ve            automatically from your salary.
to help you learn and develop,              graduated or left the course
it’s always worth asking.                                                       SELF-FUNDED STUDY
                                         –– repayments are based on what
                                            you earn, not what you owe. You     It’s easy to pay for your studies
FOR POSTGRADUATE                            only start paying it back when      using a debit or credit card or
                                            you earn more than the income       by bank transfer. Or spread the
You pay for postgraduate
                                            threshold (currently £21,000)       cost with an Open University
qualifications module by module.
                                         –– payments are deducted               Student Budget Account – see
Please go to our website to see
                                            automatically from your salary      below for more information.
the fee listed for your qualification.
                                         –– any balance outstanding after       GET SPONSORED
FUNDING – ENGLAND                           30 years will be written off.
AND WALES                                                                       See whether your company
                                         FUNDING – NORTHERN                     or organisation would want
If you live in England or Wales you
                                         IRELAND AND SCOTLAND                   to help you learn and develop,
could be eligible for a maintenance
                                                                                it’s always worth asking.
loan of up to £10,609 from Student       If you live in Northern Ireland
Finance England or up to £13,000         or Scotland you could be eligible
from Student Finance Wales.              for a fee loan of up to £5,500
To be eligible you must:                 towards the fees of your
                                         qualification from Student
–– be under 60 years old
                                         Finance Northern Ireland
–– be resident in England or
                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                         or the Student Awards
   Wales (although some EU               Agency Scotland.                       To find out more about
   students may be eligible)                                                    fees and funding, go to
                                         To be eligible you must:
                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/ug-fees
                                         –– be resident in Northern             or openuniversity.co.uk/pg-fees
                                            Ireland or Scotland                 or call an OU adviser on
                                         –– be studying for an eligible         0300 303 5303.
                                            postgraduate qualification.

   OPEN UNIVERSITY                         OUSBA will pay your fees to           case, interest does apply.
   STUDENT BUDGET                          The Open University, and you          The interest rate is fixed for the
   ACCOUNTS LTD                            repay OUSBA either in a single        duration of the course (current
   (OUSBA)                                 sum or in monthly instalments.        representative APR of 5.1%).
                                           You may repay OUSBA at any            As a responsible lender, every
   When you enrol with                     time before the course begins.        application made to OUSBA
   us, you’ll be offered the               In this case, there’s no interest.    undergoes a credit and
   opportunity to pay your                                                       affordability check.
   fees through a loan                     Alternatively, you may repay
   from OUSBA.                             OUSBA in monthly instalments          Find out more about OUSBA
                                           payable over up to a year. In this    at openuniversity.co.uk/ousba.

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WELCOME TO
     THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
     SHAPING OUR SOCIETY             WHY STUDY WITH US?                     UNDERGRADUATE
                                     The Faculty of Arts and Social         We offer many undergraduate
     The social sciences offer       Sciences embodies the core             qualifications in the social
     varied and fascinating          values of The Open University,         sciences, ranging from the
     insights into the world         empowering and transforming            Certificate of Higher Education
                                     students, societies and cultures       in Social Sciences and the Diploma
     around you. Our courses         through our teaching and research.     of Higher Education in Criminology
     explore and help you            The Faculty is the largest and         and Law through to degrees that
     understand how society          most diverse at The Open University,   include the BA (Hons) History and
     is made and remade –            with some 50,000 students.             Politics, BA (Hons) International
                                     Our academics, of international        Studies and BA (Hons) Politics,
     including how social                                                   Philosophy and Economics.
                                     standing, teach a wide range
     order is produced and           of topics and themes and their         This year we are also introducing
     sometimes challenged.           teaching is recognised as world        five new qualifications. These
     From consumerism and            class or internationally excellent     include honours degrees in
     capitalism to social justice    by independent assessors.              criminology and in economics,
                                     The social sciences are subjects       together with a Certificate of
     and the welfare state, you’re                                          Higher Education in Economics
                                     close to The Open University’s
     sure to find our range          heart, given our mission to promote    and Personal Finance.
     of subjects compelling.         educational opportunity and social
                                     justice through the provision of
                                     high-quality university education.

                                                                             I wouldn’t hesitate to
                                                                             recommend The Open
                                                                             University. It gives you such
                                                                             a sense of achievement,
                                                                             which is a great feeling –
                                                                             so go for it!”
                                                                             Sally-Ann Winter,
                                                                             BSc (Hons) Criminology
                                                                             and Psychology

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EXPLORE THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
POSTGRADUATE
We offer a number of highly
rated postgraduate qualifications,
from Postgraduate Certificates
                                        I’d recommend Open
in Conflict and Development,            University study to anyone
and Social and Psychological            thinking of becoming a
Inquiry to taught masters degrees,      student; it’s life-changing.
in Development Management,              In fact, recently a colleague
Crime and Justice, and Forensic         asked me to speak to a new
Psychological Studies.                  employee and explain to
BEYOND GRADUATION                       her the benefits of having
                                        a degree in the world
Social science qualifications
provide an excellent foundation         of investment banking.
for a wide variety of careers.          I did so, and she has
Popular career choices include          just signed up with
business, finance, analytical roles,    The Open University!”
politics, charitable organisations,
law, human resources, international     Catherine Thomas,
development, the media, civil           BA (Hons) Politics,
service and the public sector.          Philosophy and Economics

Within the public sector,
employment and training
opportunities can be found across
areas including the criminal justice
system, the police, National Crime
Agency, prison and probation
services, as well as administration    MORE ONLINE
and management of social               Learn more about our social
services. Positions within the         science qualifications, and register
civil and diplomatic services          for your chosen course, at
and local government are               openuniversity.co.uk/courses.
also popular choices.

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WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH –
     SHAPING OUR CURRICULUM
     The OU’s research in the social sciences focuses on widening participation
     and other issues of social importance.

     CONVEYING THE                         Yet, many financial products are       RESEARCHING ACCESS
     REFUGEE EXPERIENCE                    unsuitable or too expensive for        AND PARTICIPATION
     OU researchers have forged new        low-income households, and OU          IN THE STEM SECTOR
     partnerships to understand            researchers have shown that many       With science, technology,
     refugee experiences and how           others also lack access to essential   engineering and mathematics
     governments and non-government        financial services. Exclusion in the   (STEM) as important drivers of the
     organisations have responded to       UK is often a by-product of major      national and global economy, our
     the migrant crisis – the largest      trends such as the shift to online     geography researchers focus on
     humanitarian crisis since the         banking, increasing use of ‘Big        access and participation in STEM
     Second World War.                     Data’ in credit and insurance,         education and labour markets,
                                           and overzealous regulation. Our        exploring factors such as gender
     Vicky Canning, Umut Erel and
                                           researchers’ proposed solutions        equity and the effects of
     Marie Gillespie teamed up with
                                           were submitted as evidence to a        internationalisation. One area
     Keo Films to produce the BAFTA-
                                           House of Lords Select Committee        of research in to improving access
     winning documentary series for
                                           on Financial Exclusion.                to STEM education in Africa via
     BBC 2 called Exodus: Our journey
     to Europe. To find out more go to                                            distance education has led to
                                           RESEARCHING CRIME,                     learning design programmes
     openuniversity.co.uk/journey-
                                           HARM AND POLICING                      produced by the OU being used
     to-europe.
                                           Criminologists at the OU are core      to improve teaching content
     FINANCIAL EXCLUSION:                  members of the Harm and                and success rates for students.
     CAUSES AND SOLUTIONS                  Evidence Research Collaborative
     Citizens in the UK and globally       (HERC) – a cutting-edge research
     are increasingly expected to take     group formed with experts in
     responsibility for their own          psychology, history, social policy,
     financial well-being. This means      sociology and youth justice.
                                                                                  MORE ONLINE
     they must engage with financial       HERC unites contemporary
                                                                                  Find out what else we’re discovering
     services, such as payment             practice-based research and
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/ouresearch.
     systems, credit and saving, if they   critical policy analysis in crime,
     are to manage their day-to-day        harm, policing, criminal justice and
     lives, cope with the unexpected       criminalisation, with an awareness
     and prepare for life after work.      of historical, psychological and
                                           social contexts. Find out more
                                           at openuniversity.co.uk/herc.
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FIND AN
UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
You can register for the                       SOCIAL SCIENCES
2018/2019 academic year for
undergraduate qualifications                   BA (Hons) Social Sciences (R23)                      20
from 21 March 2018.
                                               CRIMINOLOGY
We’ve based the qualification
                                               BA (Hons) Criminology (R21)                          22
start dates on the first applicable
module(s) you can study as part                BA (Hons) Criminology and Law (Q92)                  24
of your qualification.                         BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychology (Q98)           26

Modules listed in this prospectus are those    ECONOMICS
that are currently available for study – the
exact selection may change over time.          BA (Hons) Economics (R30)                            28

                                               BSc (Hons) Economics and Mathematical Sciences (Q15) 30

                                               ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
                                               BA (Hons) Environmental Studies (Q99)                32

                                               GEOGRAPHY
                                               BSc (Hons) Geography and Environmental Science (R16) 34

                                               INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
                                               BA (Hons) International Studies (Q11)                36

                                               POLITICS
                                               BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Q45)   38

                                               BA (Hons) History and Politics (Q97)                 40

                                               PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING
                                               BSc (Hons) Social Psychology (Q83)                   42

                                               Other qualifications in psychology and counselling   44

                                               OPEN DEGREE
                                               BA or BSc (Hons) Open (QD)                           46

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SOCIAL
      SCIENCES

     BA (HONS) SOCIAL SCIENCES
     In a fast changing world, the social sciences seek answers to the big questions we
     face as a society. Those answers inform the work of anyone who needs to base their
     decisions on the best available evidence – civil servants, policy makers, business
     executives and many more.

     Designed to be flexible, this         WHY CHOOSE THIS                       ROUTES THROUGH
     degree gives you a firm grounding     QUALIFICATION?                        THE DEGREE
     in the knowledge and ideas central    –– Get to grips with the complex      You can choose between a
     to the social sciences and allows        issues behind today’s headlines.   broad-based degree in the social
     you to specialise in criminology,                                           sciences or a specialist option
                                           –– Understand social scientific
     economics, geography, politics,                                             in criminology, economics,
                                              ideas and insights and apply
     psychology or sociology. You can                                            geography, politics, psychology,
                                              these to the real world.
     also choose a combination of                                                religious studies or sociology,
     modules to suit your interests.       –– Learn the tools of the social
                                                                                 depending on your interests or
     Whatever path you take, you              scientist’s trade.
                                                                                 career aspirations. Your choice
     will acquire valuable transferable    –– Increase your employment           of specialist option will be included
     skills opening up employment             opportunities across a diverse     in the name of your degree, for
     opportunities in private, public         range of careers.                  example, BA (Hons) Social
     and voluntary sector organisations.                                         Sciences (Criminology).

                                                                                  RELATED
                                                                                  QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                                  DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                                  EDUCATION IN SOCIAL
                                                                                  SCIENCES (W68)
                                                                                  openuniversity.co.uk/w68

                                                                                  CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
                                                                                  EDUCATION IN SOCIAL
                                                                                  SCIENCES (T06)
20                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/t06
QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                      You can choose to                 –– criminology                                          COURSE CODE            R23
                      study a broad range               –– economics
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      of social science                 –– geography
                      subjects or specialise            –– politics                                             START DATES
                      in one of:                        –– psychology                                           Oct 2018
                                                        –– religious studies                                    Register by 20 Sep 2018
                                                        –– sociology.
                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019
                      The example route shown below is CRIMINOLOGY.
                      For more information about this and the other available                                   ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                      routes, go to openuniversity.co.uk/r23.                                                   No specific requirements
                                                                                                Compulsory
                                                                                                modules         ASSESSMENT
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                Awarded         Based on a mix of:
                       Introducing the social sciences                                          qualification   –– Tutor-marked
                       (DD102) (60 credits)                                                                        assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                –– Examinations

                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                       Investigating the social world
                       (DD103) (60 credits)                                                                     Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                The learning materials
                                                                                                                provided are a balance
                                                                                                                of print and online

                                                                                                                Electronic versions
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Understanding criminology                                                                of printed materials
                       (DD212) (60 credits)                                                                     available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Compulsory
                       The uses of social science
                       (DD206) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Crime and justice
                       (DD301) (60 credits)

                       Making social worlds
                       (DD308) (60 credits)

                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                       BA (HONS) SOCIAL SCIENCES (CRIMINOLOGY)
                                                                                                                and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/r23
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change.                                                                    or call 0300 303 5303
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CRIMINOLOGY

     NEW BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY
     Our degree in criminology focuses on topical and often
     controversial criminological issues, examining the social,
     economic and power relations that change how crime
     and justice are understood.

     You will learn to apply research      WHY CHOOSE THIS
     tools, and access and evaluate        QUALIFICATION?
     qualitative and quantitative data     –– Explore controversial issues of
     on crime, victimisation and the          crime, harm and criminal justice.
     societal responses to them. With
                                           –– Evaluate claims made about
     an appreciation of criminological
                                              crime, criminals, victims and
     theorising and evidence, you will
                                              the criminal justice system.
     develop the skills to comment on
     crime, victimisation, and responses   –– Examine the role of both
     to crime and deviance, including         theory and research in shaping      RELATED
     policy questions, at national,           knowledge about crime               QUALIFICATION
     international and global levels.         and justice.                        NEW DIPLOMA OF
                                           –– Offers you the opportunity          HIGHER EDUCATION
                                              to study criminological topics      IN CRIMINOLOGY (W67)
                                              of your own choosing.               openuniversity.co.uk/w67

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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory      COURSE CODE            R21
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate    TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualification
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       Introducing the social sciences
                                                                                                Awarded         START DATES
                       (DD102) (60 credits)
                                                                                                qualification   Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 20 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                       Introduction to criminology                                                              No specific requirements
                       (DD105) (60 credits) – planned for October 2019
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Understanding criminology                                                                –– Examinations
                       (DD212) (60 credits) – planned for October 2020
                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                The learning materials
                                                                                                                provided are a balance
                       Investigating crime and criminal justice                                                 of print and online
                       (DD215) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology (W67)                                         (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Optional

                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Crime, harm and the state
                       (DD311) (60 credits) – planned for October 2020

                       Current issues in criminology
                       (DD315) (60 credits) – planned for October 2022

                       BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY                                                                    MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                   course, fees and funding,
                      are subject to change                                                                     and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/r21
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY AND LAW
     Crime, justice and the workings of the law are matters
     that affect us all and often dominate the news.

     This degree takes a critical and     WHY CHOOSE THIS                      You could also use this degree
     analytical view of the role and      QUALIFICATION?                       to access a law conversion course
     functions of the legal system,       –– Get to grips with the complex     to qualify as a solicitor or barrister
     and examines its relationship with      issues behind today’s crime,      in England and Wales.
     criminal behaviour. You’ll explore      law and justice headlines.
     issues such as the role and place
                                          –– Understand, interpret and apply
     of law in modern society,
                                             concepts about crime and law
     processes of criminalisation,
                                             to the real world.
     violence, antisocial behaviour,
     and inequality, as well as global    –– Learn the tools of the trade
     threats from cybercrime, terrorism      for these two crucial subjects.
     and human rights violations, and     –– Increase your employability        RELATED
     their implications for justice.         across careers ranging             QUALIFICATION
                                             from advisory services             DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                             to victim support.                 EDUCATION IN CRIMINOLOGY
                                                                                AND LAW (W52)
                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/w52

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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory      COURSE CODE            Q92
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate    TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualification
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       An introduction to law
                                                                                                Option          START DATES
                       (W101) (60 credits)
                                                                                                modules         Oct 2018
                                                                                                Awarded         Register by 13 Sep 2018
                                                                                                qualification
                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                       Investigating the social world                                                           No specific requirements
                       (DD103) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Public law and criminal law                                                              –– Examinations
                       (W203) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                The learning materials
                       Understanding criminology                                                                provided are mostly
                                                                                                                online with some print
                       (DD212) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)

                       Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology and Law (W52)                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Optional

                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Optional
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Crime and justice
                       (DD301) (60 credits)

                       Choose two modules from:
                       European Union law (W330) (30 credits)
                       Law, society and culture (W340) (30 credits)
                       Exploring legal boundaries (W350) (30 credits)
                       Justice in action (W360) (30 credits)

                       BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY AND LAW                                                            MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                   course, fees and funding,
                      are subject to change                                                                     and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/q92
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY
     AND PSYCHOLOGY
     Criminology and psychology help make sense of crime, criminalisation, criminals and
     victims. This qualification will provide you with a critical understanding of both subjects.

     It will enable you to question and    WHY CHOOSE THIS                         Please note that this degree
     develop your own beliefs and          QUALIFICATION?                          is not accredited by the British
     understandings about crime and        –– Helps you understand how             Psychological Society.
     harm. You’ll consider criminal acts      criminology makes sense of
     and human motivations, but also          crime, harm, criminal justice
     look beyond them by examining            and criminalisation.
     the social conditions in which
                                           –– Learn how psychology
     crime occurs, the exercise of
                                              explains human interaction
     power in response to crimes, the
                                              and conflict and interprets
     nature of conflicts when people
                                              crime, criminalisation
     interact (individually, in groups
                                              and victimisation.
     and as nations) and how and
     why societies determine what          –– Takes a distinctive and original
     they will and won’t tolerate.            approach to teaching
                                              criminology and psychology.
                                           –– Enhances your employability in
                                              areas such as the criminal justice    RELATED
                                              system and social services.           QUALIFICATION
                                                                                    DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                                    EDUCATION IN CRIMINOLOGY
                                                                                    AND PSYCHOLOGY (W57)
                                                                                    openuniversity.co.uk/w57

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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory      COURSE CODE            Q98
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate    TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualification
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       Investigating psychology 1
                                                                                                Awarded         START DATES
                       (DE100) (60 credits)
                                                                                                qualification   Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                       Investigating the social world                                                           No specific requirements
                       (DD103) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Understanding criminology                                                                –– Examination
                       (DD212) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                                                                                                                The learning materials
                       Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary                                provided are a balance
                                                                                                                of print and online
                       (DD210) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Criminology
                       and Psychology (W57)                                                                     Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Optional

                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory
                       Counselling and forensic psychology:
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       investigating crime and therapy
                       (DD310) (60 credits)

                       Crime and justice
                       (DD301) (60 credits)

                       BA (HONS) CRIMINOLOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY                                                     MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                   course, fees and funding,
                      are subject to change                                                                     and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/q98
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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ECONOMICS

     NEW BA (HONS) ECONOMICS
     Economic considerations play an important role in our
     personal lives and influence key social and political                             According to the Department
     issues such as government policy, international trade,                            for Education, OU economics
     business decisions, work and climate change.                                      graduates earn the second
                                                                                       highest median pay for UK
     By studying this degree, you’ll         WHY CHOOSE THIS                           graduates across all subjects
     learn economic concepts, theories       QUALIFICATION?                            and universities one year
     and techniques that will enable                                                   after graduation.
                                             –– Analyse key real-world topics in
     you to understand real world               society, such as employment,
     problems and help you make more            markets, finance, technology
     informed decisions in your own             and government policy.
     life. You’ll be able to specialise in
                                             –– Study econometrics, applying
     an area of economics and carry
                                                statistical methods to real
     out a project on a topic of your
                                                economic problems using
                                                                                   RELATED
     choice. The analytical skills and
                                                specialised software.              QUALIFICATIONS
     statistical techniques that this
                                             –– Develop skills in analytical       NEW DIPLOMA OF
     degree develops are highly
                                                thought, research, numeracy        HIGHER EDUCATION
     valued by employers.
                                                and data analysis that make        IN ECONOMICS (W71)
                                                economists highly sought after.    openuniversity.co.uk/w71

                                             –– Carry out an economic              NEW CERTIFICATE OF HIGHER
                                                research project on a topic        EDUCATION IN ECONOMICS
                                                of your own choice.                AND PERSONAL FINANCE (T36)
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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                    AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory       COURSE CODE            R30
                                                                                                modules
                       Discovering mathematics
                       (MU123) (30 credits)                                                     Intermediate     TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualifications
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                Awarded          START DATES
                                                                                                qualification    Oct 2018
                       You and your money                                                                        Register by 13 Sep 2018
                       (DB125) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                 Feb 2019
                                                                                                                 Register by 10 Jan 2019
                       Introducing statistics
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                                       ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                    FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                                 No specific requirements.
                                                                                                                 It is essential to ensure
                                                                                                                 your mathematical
                       Economics in context                                                                      level is appropriate
                       (DD126) (30 credits) – planned for October 2019                                           before you register by
                                                                                                                 taking the online quiz
                                                                                                                 ‘Are you ready?’ at
                       Certificate of Higher Education in Economics                                              openuniversity.co.uk/ayr
                       and Personal Finance (T36)
                                                                                                                 ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                 Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                 –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                    assignments
                                                                                                                 –– Interactive computer-
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Running the economy
                                                                                                                    marked assignments
                       (DD209) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                    assessments
                                                                                                                 –– Examinations

                                                                                                                 STUDY DURATION
                       Analysing data                                                                            Part time: 6 years
                       (M248) (30 credits)                                                                       Full time: N/A

                                                                                                                 MODE OF STUDY
                       Personal investment in an uncertain world                                                 The learning materials
                       (DB234) (30 credits)                                                                      provided are a balance
                                                                                                                 of print and online

                       Diploma of Higher Education in Economics (W71)                                            Electronic versions
                                                                                                                 of printed materials
                                                                                                                 available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                 Disc-based media
                                                                                                                 (e.g. DVD)

                       Doing economics: people, markets and policy                                               Online forum
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                 Compulsory
                       (DD309) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                 Collaborative work
                                                                                                                 Compulsory

                       Topics in economics
                       (DD321) (30 credits) – planned for October 2021

                       A new 30-credit module covering econometrics is planned
                       for October 2022
                                                                                                                 MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                 To find out more about this
                                                                                                                 course, fees and funding,
                       BA (HONS) ECONOMICS                                                                       and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/r30
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change                                                                      or call 0300 303 5303
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BSc (HONS) ECONOMICS AND
     MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
     If you enjoy solving problems and you’re interested in the practical application
     of economics and mathematics, this degree is for you.

     It will give you a thorough             WHY CHOOSE THIS                      ROUTES THROUGH THE DEGREE
     grounding in a broad range of           QUALIFICATION?                       You are strongly advised to
     mathematical, statistical and           –– Explores fundamental questions    complete our Are you ready? quiz
     computational skills, and a sound          about our physical and            to ensure that you have the
     knowledge of economic theory –             economic world.                   mathematical skills to successfully
     together with a good understanding                                           study the first Stage 1 module
                                             –– Teaches analytical and model
     of economic issues. You’ll develop                                           Discovering mathematics (MU123).
                                                building skills applicable to
     analytical and model building skills                                         If you achieve a high score in our
                                                a variety of contexts.
     that can be applied in a variety of                                          quiz, we offer an intensive start.
     contexts, engage in economic            –– Develops essential skills for
                                                                                  Go to openuniversity.co.uk/ayr.
     debate, and assess different kinds         solving real problems and
     of evidence and their usefulness           making sound judgments –
     in relation to economic theories.          from your personal finances to     MEET THE EXPERTS
     By the end of your studies, you’ll be      high-level strategic decisions.
                                                                                   Dr Rajiv Prabhakar, an OU
     equipped with the knowledge and         –– Broadens your experience
                                                                                   lecturer in Economics, regularly
     skills needed for a range of roles in      of using mathematical and
                                                                                   writes for Guardian Money and
     business management, accountancy,          statistical software.
                                                                                   the Independent on Sunday
     banking, investment analysis, risk
                                             –– Offers a choice of starting        on taxation and asset-based
     analysis and market research.
                                                points to suit your level of       welfare, Rajiv became the sole
                                                mathematical knowledge.            academic consultant on the
                                                                                   BBC series Wastemen. The
                                                                                   series used teaching material
                                                                                   on recycling from our entry-
                                                                                   level module Introducing the
                                                                                   social sciences.
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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                      The structure below is for the default start. If you're                                   COURSE CODE            Q15
                      confident about studying mathematics at university level
                                                                                                                TOTAL CREDITS          360
                      and, in particular, are confident and fluent with algebra
                      and trigonometry, choose the intensive start, which begins                                START DATES
                      at a higher level and at a faster pace.                                                   Oct 2018
                      For more information about the best starting point for you,                               Register by 13 Sep 2018
                      go to mathschoices.open.ac.uk.
                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                Compulsory      Register by 10 Jan 2019
                                                                                                modules
                       Discovering mathematics
                       (MU123) (30 credits)                                                     Option          ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                                                                                                modules
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                No specific requirements.
                                                                                                Awarded         It is essential to ensure
                                                                                                qualification   your mathematical
                       You and your money
                                                                                                                level is appropriate
                       (DB125) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                before you register by
                                                                                                                taking the online quiz
                                                                                                                ‘Are you ready?’ at
                       Essential mathematics 1                                                                  mathschoices.open.ac.uk
                       (MST124) (30 credits)
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                       Introducing statistics
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                       (M140) (30 credits)                                                                         assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
                                                                                                                –– Examinations
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Running the economy
                       (DD209) (60 credits)                                                                     STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                       Analysing data                                                                           The learning materials
                       (M248) (30 credits)                                                                      provided are a balance
                                                                                                                of print and online

                       Mathematical methods                                                                     Electronic versions
                       (MST224) (30 credits)                                                                    of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                                                                                                                Compulsory
                       Doing economics: people, markets and policy
                       (DD309) (60 credits)                                                                     Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory

                       Linear statistical modelling
                       (M346) (30 credits)

                       You’ll choose 30 credits from a selection of mathematics
                       options, go to openuniversity.co.uk/q15
                                                                                                                MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                       BSc (HONS) ECONOMICS AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES                                           and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/q15
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change                                                                     or call 0300 303 5303
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ENVIRONMENT
      AND
      DEVELOPMENT

     BA (HONS)
     ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
     This innovative degree combines the social and natural
     sciences to offer a truly interdisciplinary understanding
     of contemporary environmental issues.

     Whether it is the socially uneven      WHY CHOOSE THIS
     ways in which the consequences         QUALIFICATION?
     of environmental change are felt,      –– Equips you to actively engage
     the political factors that influence      with some of most significant
     whose environmental concerns get          issues in the world today.
     addressed, or the cultural shifts
                                            –– Combines a thorough
     required for sustainable solutions
                                               interdisciplinary grounding
     to environmental problems to
                                               in environmental change
     take root, the necessity of taking
                                               with a distinctive social
     seriously the complex connections
                                               science approach to
     between the human and
                                               environmental issues.
     biophysical dimensions of
     environments are becoming very         –– Enhances your employability
     apparent. Environmental studies           through a highly valued
     offers a way of understanding             combination of social science
     why environmental issues are              and natural science knowledge
     also always societal issues, and          and skills.
     how that matters in responding
     to them.

                                                                               RELATED
                                                                               QUALIFICATIONS
                                                                               DIPLOMA OF HIGHER
                                                                               EDUCATION IN
                                                                               ENVIRONMENTAL
                                                                               STUDIES (W58)
                                                                               openuniversity.co.uk/w58

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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory      COURSE CODE            Q99
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Intermediate    TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualification
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       Environment: journeys through a changing world
                                                                                                Awarded         START DATES
                       (U116) (60 credits)
                                                                                                qualification   Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                       Investigating the social world                                                           No specific requirements
                       (DD103) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                   (iCMAs)
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Environment: sharing a dynamic planet                                                       assessments
                       (DST206) (60 credits)                                                                    –– Examinations

                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                       Environment and society                                                                  The learning materials
                                                                                                                provided are a balance
                       (DD213) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                of print and online

                                                                                                                Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)
                       Diploma of Higher Education in Environmental Studies (W58)
                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
                                                                                                                Compulsory

                                                                                                                Collaborative work
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Environment: responding to change                                                        Compulsory

                       (SDT306) (60 credits)

                       Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context
                       (DU311) (60 credits)

                       BA (HONS) ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES                                                          MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure                   course, fees and funding,
                      are subject to change                                                                     and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/q99
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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GEOGRAPHY

     BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY AND
     ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
     By combining the study of geography and
     environmental science, you’ll discover the complexities
                                                                                     OU geographers have
     of our relationship with the natural environment.
                                                                                     produced a series of
                                                                                     resources for anyone with
     This qualification will enable        WHY CHOOSE THIS
                                                                                     an interest in geography
     you to understand and consider        QUALIFICATION?
                                                                                     or the environment. Go to
     responses to the urgent challenges    –– Develops your understanding            openuniversity.co.uk/
     of climate change, globalisation,        of interrelationships between          geography
     development, biodiversity loss,          human activity and
     migration and urbanisation. It           environmental change.
     takes a holistic approach to topics
                                           –– Uses geography and
     such as deforestation, sustainable
                                              environmental science concepts
     water-resource management,
                                              and theories to make sense of
     pollution control, conservation
                                              environmental challenges.
     and governance. You’ll explore
     the consequences and implications     –– Enhances your employability
     of environmental change for              by learning to work between        RELATED
     sustainability and learn about the       the social and natural sciences.   QUALIFICATION
     social and natural processes and      –– Builds key analytical and
                                                                                 CERTIFICATE OF
     interactions operating in different      reasoning skills necessary
                                                                                 HIGHER EDUCATION
     environments.                            for assessing different forms
                                                                                 IN ENVIRONMENT (T16)
                                              of environmental evidence.
                                                                                 openuniversity.co.uk/t16

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QUALIFICATION STRUCTURE                                                                   AT A GLANCE
                                                                                                Compulsory      COURSE CODE            R16
                                                                                                modules
                                                                                                Awarded         TOTAL CREDITS          360
                                                                                                qualification
STAGE 1 120 CREDITS

                       Environment: journeys through a changing world
                                                                                                                START DATES
                       (U116) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Oct 2018
                                                                                                                Register by 13 Sep 2018

                                                                                                                Feb 2019
                                                                                                                Register by 10 Jan 2019

                                                                                                                ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

                                                                                                                                                   FIND AN UNDERGRADUATE COURSE
                       Science: concepts and practice                                                           No specific requirements
                       (S112) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                ASSESSMENT
                                                                                                                Based on a mix of:
                                                                                                                –– Tutor-marked
                                                                                                                   assignments
                                                                                                                –– Interactive computer-
                                                                                                                   marked assignments
                                                                                                                –– End-of-module
                                                                                                                   assessments
STAGE 2 120 CREDITS

                       Environmental science                                                                    –– Examinations
                       (S206) (60 credits)                                                                      –– Project work

                                                                                                                STUDY DURATION
                                                                                                                Part time: 6 years
                                                                                                                Full time: 3 years

                                                                                                                MODE OF STUDY
                       Environment and society                                                                  The learning materials
                       (DD213) (60 credits)                                                                     provided are mostly
                                                                                                                online with some print

                                                                                                                Electronic versions
                                                                                                                of printed materials
                                                                                                                available (e.g. PDF)

                                                                                                                Disc-based media
                                                                                                                (e.g. DVD)

                                                                                                                Online forum
STAGE 3 120 CREDITS

                       Environment: responding to change                                                        Compulsory
                       (SDT306) (60 credits)
                                                                                                                Collaborative work
                                                                                                                Compulsory

                       Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context
                       (DU311) (60 credits)

                       BSc (HONS) GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

                      Qualification delivery, module availability and qualification structure
                      are subject to change                                                                     MORE ONLINE
                                                                                                                To find out more about this
                                                                                                                course, fees and funding,
                                                                                                                and how to register, go to
                                                                                                                openuniversity.co.uk/r16
                                                                                                                or call 0300 303 5303
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