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Personal Lives and Social Policy, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 9 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
The Personal Lives and Social Policy programme delivered by The Open University UK offers an imaginative and innovative perspective on the role played by social policy in society today. 


How has social policy influenced ideas and values about parenthood? How have relations of care changed in a contemporary global economy? How have ‘welfare to work’ initiatives changed the meaning of ‘work’ in social policy? 

The Personal Lives and Social Policy programme delivered by The Open University UK uses three key topics – Sexualities, Care and Work – to explore how individuals shape and are shaped by policy making and welfare practices and how social policy is organised, represented and experienced – opening up challenging questions about the policymaking process both in the past and in contemporary society.

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.

Vocational relevance

This module has relevance to a wide range of employment since it offers students the opportunity to develop transferable skills, such as report writing and interviewing, and will help you plan and design your own work. It would be most valuable for people who work, or want to work, in social welfare, health care or public service settings such as the criminal justice system and various voluntary organisations. The skills developed through the module are also relevant to administration and management in the commercial and service sectors.

Professional recognition

This module may help you to gain recognition from a professional body.

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

Programme Structure

  • The programme approach is to explore the module themes across theoretical frameworks – post-structuralism, feminism, Marxism, psychoanalytic approaches and post-colonialism – in order to critically evaluate particular concerns and debates. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their own experiences of welfare and the research process (as well as analysing representations by other individuals and groups) through assignments which employ a variety of formats such as a report, as well as more conventional essays.
  • A clear emphasis on the evaluation of research evidence runs throughout and there are opportunities to consolidate and develop skills in analysing visual, numerical and printed data from a range of historical and contemporary sources. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require 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

    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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