Sociology is a study field which deals with human social behavior. It can be also defined as the study of the origins, organization, institutions, and development of human society. Sociology is a part of social science and aims to acquire knowledge about human social factors by performing empirical and critical analysis through qualitative and quantitative techniques, interpretative, hermeneutic and philosophic approaches. The study field looks into the factors such as deviance, social stratification, social class, culture, social mobility, law and religion and develops scientific knowledge. Sociologists try to understand the issues that change the society. Graduates usually follow one of these paths: criminal justice, human services, education, research, policy or business. Students will develop their communication, analytical and research skills as well as understanding of various human aspects.
This module uses four key themes –Sexualities, Care, Work, and Citizenship – 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.
In order to survive, human beings live in social worlds which create security, foster stable attachment between individuals and things, and regulate behaviour. This accessible, vocationally relevant course demonstrates how sociological approaches can be applied to make sense of these processes – investigating how they work and how they sometimes fail.
Making use of a blend of learning technologies, this interdisciplinary module investigates how social science is used to make sense of everyday dilemmas such as sustaining relationships, making a living, finding a place to live, being part of a community, or making one’s voice heard.
Autism is a spectrum of conditions characterised by social, communicative, sensory-motor and cognitive difficulties. The social and psychological consequences can be profound. This 20-week module provides an accessible introduction to the autistic spectrum, principles and problems of diagnosis, and biological and psychological approaches to explaining underlying causes.
The tremendous expansion of counselling over the last 20 years reflects the changing nature of society, an increase in the number of people perceiving a need for professional help with their problems, and a growing recognition of the value of such support.
This module shows how psychological enquiry can help us to improve our understanding of the development of children and young people. It is organised in four parts: Psychological development and early childhood introduces children’s early development from a psychological perspective; Children’s personal and social development follows development in a social context; and Cognitive and language development in children explores the development of cognitive and linguistic understanding and the developing child as an active agent.
A key element of this course is the focus on the practical application of digital marketing and social media marketing tools to set up and maintain a presence in the digital and social world. You will learn how to plan, coordinate, deliver, and test digital and social media marketing campaigns and set targets to monitor the success of these campaigns. A key focus of the course will be the interaction and creative thinking that delegates will partake in, designing creative campaigns and innovative solutions for digital and social media.
This online Human Resources management course is a Level 6 Extended course, accredited by the ABE. It is also a degree-level course. The extended diploma equips you with the skills and knowledge to develop an analytical approach to Human Resources management.
The online diploma in health and social care management is a Level 4 course. The diploma qualification is UK-accredited and is recognised in the UK and internationally.
The online certificate in management for health and social care is a Level 4 course; it is is UK-accredited, and recognised both in the UK and internationally. This health and social care management course is aimed at supervisors and team leaders; completion of this course enables students to understand and enhance their role in the work place.
This key introductory OU level 1 module provides an ideal introduction to the social sciences – psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology.
Are you interested in exploring the application of marketing concepts beyond commercial marketing and considering the issues of ethics and responsible practice in marketing? In this module you’ll explore the role and responsibility of marketing in relation to society.