You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
The Open University is the worlds leading provider of flexible, high quality distance learning.
Unlike other universities we are not campus based. You will study in a flexible way that works for you whether youre at home, at work or on the move.As an OU student youll be supported throughout your studies your tutor or study adviser will guide and advise you, offer detailed feedback on your assignments, and help with any study issues.
Tuition might be in face-to-face groups, via online tutorials, or by phone.
<div>This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:<ul><li>Knowledge and understanding</li><li>Cognitive skills</li><li>Practical and professional skills</li><li>Key skills</li></ul><p>The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You'll be supported throughout by the OU's unique style of teaching and assessment ? which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.</p></div>
<div>This is one of several specialist routes available in our #BA (Honours) Social Sciences[R23]# degree. Half of your studies will be in interdisciplinary social science and sociology, giving you a firm grounding in knowledge and ideas central to the social sciences. For the other half, you'll explore the fundamentals of political theory, examining the debates and conflicts inherent in a modern democracy. You'll have an opportunity to focus on either international politics or contemporary political ideas. On completion of your degree, you'll be able to apply political and social theories and analytical techniques to a variety of topics that affect individuals and society, and you'll have gained a wide range of transferable skills ? opening up employment opportunities in private, public and voluntary sector organisations.</div>