Linguistics focuses on language and how people communicate through spoken sounds and words. Law, economic and social history Law focuses on the rules created by governments and people to ensure a more orderly society. Economic and social history looks at past events to learn from history and better understand the processes of contemporary society. Politics and international relations Politics focuses on democracy and the relationship between people and policy, at all levels up from the individual to a national and international level.
International relations is the study of relationships between countries, including the roles of other organisations. Psychology and sociology Psychology studies the human mind and try to understand how people and groups experience the world through various emotions, ideas, and conscious states.
Environmental social science is the broad, transdisciplinary study of interrelations between humans and the natural environment. Environmental social scientists. A better understanding of the human dimensions of environmental issues can have also been used to research conservation and environmental management at all As the above examples show, social science research on conservation is some areas of social theory have seen greater application to conservation.
Sociology involves groups of people, rather than individuals, and attempts to understand the way people relate to each other and function as a society or social sub-groups. Science and technology studies Science and technology studies is concerned with what scientists do, what their role is in our society, the history and culture of science, and the policies and debates that shape our modern scientific and technological world. Social policy and social work Social policy is an interdisciplinary and applied subject concerned with the analysis of societies' responses to social need, focusing on aspects of society, economy and policy that are necessary to human existence, and how these can be provided.
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Please take two minutes at the end of your visit to help us improve our information and services. Yes, take now Yes, take later No thank you. You are viewing information for England. Module details Entry requirements Module registration Study materials. What you will study Introducing the social sciences provides an accessible and contemporary introduction to the social sciences and the questions and issues that social scientists investigate and explore. 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.
You'll explore social science answers to these questions by looking at the following three strands of study: Making lives This addresses questions about how people make and remake their lives but not in circumstances of their own choosing. 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.
Vocational relevance After this module, further study in the social sciences could open up employment opportunities in a wide range of occupations. Teaching and assessment Support from your tutor You will have a tutor who will help you with the study materials and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
Introducing the social sciences starts twice a year — in February and October. This page describes the module that will start in October and February We expect it to start for the last time in February 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. If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.
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More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30, employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.
Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices. Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements.
For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below. The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least pixels horizontally and pixels vertically.
To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone.