Faculty of Social Sciences
Our society is fascinated by crime and punishment. This degree will help you understand the issues behind the headlines.
You'll gain a good grounding in a broad range of mathematical, statistical and computational skills as well as an understanding of economic theory and issues.
What makes people do harm to others? What is a psychopath? How do you conduct an intervention with someone convicted of a violent crime, or help someone who has been the victim of crime? This degree explores these and many other important questions to do with psychology, crime and justice. You'll also cover the field of psychology more broadly, gaining a window into the workings of the mind and insights into why people behave the way they do.
Gain fascinating insights into the workings of the mind along with skills valued across a broad range of careers from this professionally accredited degree.
The value of counselling to improve well-being and quality of life is increasingly recognised. From everyday worries to serious mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression, counselling and psychological therapy can help us cope. This degree explores theoretical and practical perspectives in these two closely aligned subject areas, with a specific focus on how counselling works and how it can help people change.
Why do we cooperate with one another? Are leaders born or made? Why is one person receptive to a political speech or an advert and another immune? How do we intervene in situations like rioting and looting, when public opinion is very strong? This degree investigates such fascinating questions, developing your understanding of contemporary social psychology. You'll also explore psychology more generally, gaining insights into the workings of the mind, and why people behave as they do.
Develop a rich synthesis of knowledge and skills drawn from the breadth of social sciences subjects: criminology; economics; geography; politics; psychology; sociology; and social policy.
Integrating science, technology and social sciences, this degree will help you get to the heart of environmental issues.
This degree will enable you to analyse contemporary international issues; grasp key political, economic, environmental and cultural aspects of the international order; and understand international institutions, politics and policy.
Explore concepts, theories, methods and debates in philosophy and psychology, relevant to a broad range of careers, including advertising and marketing, social services, administration and management.
An internationally recognised combination of subjects, providinge you with skills and understanding particularly relevant to many areas of public service, including civil and diplomatic services and local government.
Prepare for a career in welfare, government, public health or criminal justice agencies with this degree which examines the historical and contemporary development of social policy and criminology.
This qualification will prepare you to become a professional counsellor, equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.
This diploma in Criminology and Psychological Studies explores a range of fascinating issues to do with crime, criminal justice and psychology – including antisocial behaviour, surveillance, security, social justice, social welfare and environmental degradation.
This diploma course explores a range of subjects in the social sciences: sociology, psychology, social policy, criminology, economics, geography and politics.
This diploma course will prepare you to become a professional counsellor, equipping you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills required to work in this field.
This interdisciplinary diploma will give you knowledge and understanding of the social, political, economic, scientific and technological issues at the heart of contemporary environmental problems. It focuses on issues such as climate change, dwindling resources and the loss of biodiversity, examining how and why our environment is under threat.
If you're interested in psychology and would like to develop skills and knowledge relevant to a wide range of careers, this diploma is for you. You'll explore how psychologists use evidence to contribute to debates on ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health and relationships; and choose options to suit your particular interests.
This diploma explores the debates that lie behind these key questions. You'll examine contemporary controversies about how to deal with the apparent rise in crime and disorder at a time of recession, rising unemployment and deepening public sector austerity; and investigate issues of crime and social policy in local, national and international contexts.
Natural and built environments support many aspects of our lives and livelihoods, but they're under threat from climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. This certificate course combines aspects of science, technology and social science to help you understand the environments in which we live and work; how our activities influence them; how they influence what we do; and how can we live sustainably within them.
If you're interested in psychology and would like to learn more, or find out if it's the right subject for you, this certificate could be the ideal starting point. You'll learn about the different ways in which psychologists investigate the human mind and behaviour, and how psychological research addresses real-life issues – including ageing, crime, education, employment, forensic science, mental health, relationships and much more.
The Certificate of Higher Education in Social Sciences provides a compelling introduction to social science approaches, and a springboard to further study.
The Open University offers over 30 inspiring courses in Social Sciences.