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Introducing the Social Sciences

The Open University UK

8 months
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By taking the Introducing the Social Sciences programme offered by The Open University UK, you’ll explore a wide range of topics which shape the nature of contemporary UK society; from questions of identity, inequalities and differences to consumerism and environment, and issues of social order, disorder and governance. 

Overview

The Introducing the Social Sciences programme offered by The Open University UK provides an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology. 

You will use a blend of text, audio, video and online materials, you’ll be equipped with a range of skills for independent study and for your personal and working life.

You will learn

  • the nature of the social sciences and the ways they develop through a process of questions, arguments, evidence and evaluation
  • some key issues and debates at the centre of life in the contemporary UK.

    You’ll develop an awareness of a range of different disciplinary approaches in the social sciences and you will gain confidence and skills in:

  • studying and accessing information from a range of sources
  • constructing arguments
  • reading, interpreting and evaluating evidence
  • presenting and communicating ideas and information in a variety of formats
  • managing your time
  • communicating effectively
  • learning from feedback
  • reflecting on your own learning.

Vocational relevance

After this module, further study in the social sciences could open up employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations. These include business, financial services, education, health professions, administration, law, social services, voluntary and campaigning organisations, media and PR, public service organisations and government, planning and environmental management, the criminal justice system, and social welfare organisations. The module builds a strong basis of vocationally oriented skills that are transferable to the job market.

Programme Structure

The three module-wide questions are:

  • How is society made and remade? This asks how people make society in their relations with one another and with the world around them, and how, in turn, society shapes people.
  • How are differences and inequalities produced? People making and being shaped by society generate differences between and inequalities among groups and individuals – you'll discover where these come from and how they change
  • How do we know? This sets out how social scientists investigate and answer questions about society.

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 8 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

60 alternative credits

Delivered

Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • This is a key introductory OU level 1 module. OU level 1 modules provide core subject knowledge and study skills needed for both higher education and distance learning, to help you progress to modules at OU level 2. 

  • Introducing the social sciences is available for standalone study and is an ideal starting point if you are considering going on to study one of our qualifications in social sciences. Its interdisciplinary approach to the social sciences and its integrated teaching of key study and skills will give you a firm foundation for further study.

Tuition Fee

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    3168 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3168 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.
  • National

    3168 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 3168 GBP for the full programme during 8 months.

Funding

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