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The Uses of Social Science, Short Course

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    Application Deadline
  • 9 months
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Designed to integrate online and print materials with interactive activities, as well as some assessments oriented to practical and employability skills, this The Uses of Social Science module from The Open University UK investigates how social science is used to make sense of everyday dilemmas.


The Uses of Social Science module from The Open University UK explores how social scientists use evidence and data, theories and explanations, and norms and values to make sense of social life. By studying this module you will develop the practical skills and intellectual resources required to analyse the ways in which social science can be used both to understand and to shape our social lives.

Modules count towards OU qualifications

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate-level module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

  • Block 1 – Using social science
  • Block 2 – Describing intimacy
  • Block 3 – Understanding work
  • Block 4 – Contesting mobility
  • Block 5 - Enacting participation
  • Block 6 - Making use of social science

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, obtained either through OU level 1 study with the OU, or by doing equivalent work at another university.
  • We recommend that you start with our key introductory module Introducing the social sciences. This interdisciplinary OU level 1 module, with its integrated teaching of key study skills, provides a firm foundation for OU level 2 study.

Tuition Fee

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    2928 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2928 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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