Study books, primary and secondary sources as PDFs and through The Open University Library, audio visual material, website.
You will need a device with internet access to study this module as a web browser is used to access learning materials and activities. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available. You may need administrative privileges to install the software.
Suitable devices are:
- A Windows desktop or laptop running Windows 7 or later operating system
- A Macintosh desktop or laptop running OS X 10.8 or later operating system.
Some software will not run on Linux, iOS or Android devices.
A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. However, these devices may not be suitable for some activities. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop device that uses the Windows or OS X operating system in case you are unable to carry out all activities on your mobile device.
Recent versions of the following browsers are suitable for carrying out web-based activities:
Or Internet Explorer 9 and above.
Using a browser upgraded to the latest version will maximise security when accessing the internet.
Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.
To be able to talk and listen in our online discussions you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.
Devices with small screens may make it difficult to view the material provided and carry out the activities. However, a device that has a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and also at least 768 pixels vertically should be adequate.
See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.
Materials to buy
- Mazower, M. Dark Continent: Europe's Twentieth Century Penguin £12.99 - ISBN 9780140241594
If you have a disability
Written transcripts of any audio and video components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. The video and audio materials are integrated into the main text. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.
Descriptions will be supplied for most images in the teaching units. However, the module will include the study of a number of maps and, due to their complexity, audio descriptions of these cannot be provided. In addition, some exercises in the module will be based on viewing video footage. However, the parts of the module involving viewing maps and video are sufficiently few to ensure that students who are unable to complete these sections of the teaching materials will still be able to complete the module successfully.
In order to complete the module, it will be necessary for students to consult selected books and articles in addition to the study material. If you think you may have difficulty with this, we can discuss ways to provide the most suitable help.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.