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Internet Infidelity

Andreas Vossler and Naomi Moller offer perspectives on internet and online infidelity from the Counselling perspective. They discuss their own research on infidelity and key findings, such as definitions of online infidelity (what counts?) as well as what the research says about the impact on relationships.

You can participate our Internet infidelity survey here https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_9uDMyb8TD4UVGxD

Big Conversation: Is Public spending a drain on the economy or the mark of a civilised society?

Different governments follow different ideologies when deciding how to spend a nation's money, how much tax to collect and how large the State should be.

Digital Identities

The digital world is everywhere and no part of life is untouched by it. This session is a chance to explore what digital identity means for all of us, and ways to protect and enhance it. There will be the chance to contribute your own views, experiences and top tips for life online.

Being Digital – short activities

What is Criminology?

Many people think that criminology is about criminal profiling - a weird mash-up of C.S.I. type forensic sciences and detective-esque research. In this talk Vickie Cooper will debunk these myths and briefly explain how many of the key concepts in criminology stem from philosophy, sociology, urban sociology, cultural studies, political sciences, social policy and also psychology. This will talk will highlight some of the key concerns facing criminology, including social welfare, inequality, punishment, criminal justice system, criminalisation, policing and crimes of the powerful.

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Postgraduate study in Psychology and the Social Sciences

In this session the Programme directors Johanna Motzkau, Kesi Mahendran, and module team chair Daniel McCulloch outline plans for the new curriculum in terms of Masters Qualifications in Psychology, Forensic Psychological Studies and an innovative MA in Crime and Justice. In addition to introducing what will be available they discuss the experience of Postgraduate study for students at the Open University.

Responding to the rise of Islamic State in the Middle East and beyond

In this session, Lecturer in Politics and International Studies Edward Wastnidge discusses the phenomenon of the so-called Islamic State group in the Middle East.  The rise of this group is put into historical context looking at its roots and relation to other groups deemed as terrorist organisations.  This session will explore the responses of the UK and world powers, along with the role played by regional states and also discusses the wider fallout from this conflict, highlighted in part by the on-going refugee crisis seen in Europe and the Middle East.

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Capitalism Without Capital

In this session, Alan Shipman explains his recent rather crazy project arguing that capital doesn't exist. Drawing on lessons about why it's useful to analyse all big concepts carefully, the unforeseen consequences of analysing them too deeply, how prominent academics (in  this case Thomas Piketty) write about one thing when they mean another, and the mysterious way that the world carries on even after all its big categories fall apart, Alan Shipman uses economic concepts to explain that everything isn’t as it initially appears!

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Q&A SST for new students

In the first of two question and answer sessions we are joined by Katy Smith, and Advisor for the OU, and Caroline Kelly from the Psychology student support team. This session is particularly aimed at students who are new, but there is bound to be advice to those who are already studying! Email us questions connections@open.ac.uk, or include them in the live chat.

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