• Application Deadline
  • 9 months
The Making Social Worlds programme offered by The Open University UK demonstrates how sociological approaches can be applied to make sense of these processes – investigating how they work and how they sometimes fail. 


In order to survive, human beings live in social worlds which create security, foster stable attachment between individuals and things, and regulate behaviour.

Through topics such as medicine, the family, money and reality television, by studying the Making Social Worlds programme offered by The Open University UK, you will explore how social experience is shaped by the material world, and made meaningful through culture. The module is ideal if you have previously studied the social sciences and want to consolidate your understanding of sociology.

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material, mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 9 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request, Proactive tutoring and support
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module is organised into a number of blocks that combine sociological study with teaching material that aims to develop your transferable skills.
  • Block 1: Passports - acts as a taster of the themes and concerns around which the sociological components of the module are structured.
  • Block 2: Security -  focuses in greater depth on questions of security. Security is a key component of modern societies. 
  • Block 3: Attachment - is concerned with the ways in which the fabric of the social world – the attachments between people and between people and things – is constantly made and remade through human activity and the interaction between people.
  • Block 4: Conduct - the focus is on how individual behaviour is shaped and regulated in social worlds.
  • Block 5: Skills -  the material aims to develop skills that will help you complete the end-of-module project-based assessment, which are also transferable to a range of different employment settings.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

  • This is an OU level 3 module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from previous studies at levels 1 and 2. They are intended only for students who have recent experience of higher education in a related subject.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    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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Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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