This unit will help you understand the general issues of children's rights as well as exploring childhood and children's needs. It is also possible to link these ideas to the wider issue of the social construction of difference and power. The materials are primarily an audio file, originally 28 minutes in length and recorded in 1998.
This material is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Social policy: welfare, power and diversity (D218) which is no longer taught by The
15 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Mr Ben Shephard - Noted historian, journalist and commentator. Author of 'War of Nerves', the much praised history of the effect of war on the mind, and the often ineffective ways in which military psychiatry seeks to prevent this.
Dr Derek Summerfield - Consultant Psychiatrist, SLAM Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Psychiatry. Consultant to OXFAM. Principal Psychiatrist, Medical Foundation for the Victims of Torture. Research Associate, Refugees Study Centre, Oxford University. Lead
Geoengineering the climate
Geoengineering the climate: Science, Governance and Uncertainty: The Royal Society Study - John Shepherd (NOCS) The climate change we are experiencing now is caused by an increase in greenhouse gases due to human activities, including burning fossil fuels, agriculture and deforestation. There is now widespread belief that a global warming of greater than 2C above pre-industrial levels would be dangerous and should therefore be avoided. However, despite growing concerns over climate change, gl
Global Eradication of Infectious Diseases: Can 'Not Very Much' undermine the goal of 'None at All'?
Despite the well-publicised success of global smallpox eradication, 'zero' remains an elusive goal for the majority of vaccine-preventable diseases, making reduced pathogen circulation, or direct protection of the vulnerable more achievable strategies. We will consider potential deleterious consequences of reduced infection transmission, in the context of diseases such as influenza and pertussis, where immunity following natural exposure may be superior to that following immunisation. Implicati
Episode 4: Stem Cell Research
Professor Loane Skene and Professor Peter Rathjen discuss the debate on stem cell research with Jacky Angus
Professor Loane Skene, President of
the Academic Board of the University of Melbourne, a member of the
Council of the University, and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Feather and Coin in a Vacuum
The free fall of a coin and feather are compared, first in a tube full of air and then in a vacuum. With air resistance, the feathers fall more slowly. In a vacuum, the objects fall at the same rate independent of their respective masses.
Science perspectives: from an OU student, to outreach and cutting-edge research
In this podcast, we meet Professor Tom Lane, President-elect of the American Chemical Society and discuss why scientists should get involved with outreach. We return to The Open University's Dr Mark Brandon and Wes Fraser, on Mark's fascinating research into Antarctica's melting icesheets. We also meet Hazel Carr, a Course Manager in the university's Science Faculty. Hazel tells us about her experience as an OU student; the good and the bad. The interviews are recorded by OU staff and the progra
Life sciences: Evolution in snails, the perils of looking after snakes and scientists on television
In this podcast we meet a herpetologist, or snake expert, from Wales and discuss genetic coding in snakes and research developments. We also meet David Robinson, a biologist and Senior Lecturer at the OU, who has been involved with OU television programmes for many years, and chat about what the future for science programming might look like. Finally, we chat to Jenny Worthington, a project officer at the OU, about the fantastic evolution meglab project. The interviews are recorded by OU staff a
Christopher Malloy, Assistant Professor of Finance, talks about his research into social networks, specifically about the connection between mutual funds managers and senior corporate board members.
‘Freedom’ can mean many different things. Here we're concerned with political freedom. Isaiah Berlin distinguished between a concept of negative freedom and a concept of positive freedom. You will examine these concepts and learn to recognise the difference between freedom from constraint and the freedom that comes from self-mastery or self-realisation.
The following material is taken from the book Arguments for Freedom ‘1999’ authored by Nigel Warburton of The
Episode 16: The Leap from Frogs to Plastic Solar Cells
Prof Andrew Holmes of Bio21 Institute recounts how a poisonous
South American frog inspired research into development of plastic solar
Guest: Professor Andrew Holmes from the Bio 21 Institute
Topic: How the poison arrow frog inspired research into plastic solar cells.
Episode 48: Researching Indigenous Health in Australia and New Zealand
Professor Ian Anderson discusses contemporary approaches to health research and education for indigenous Australia. We also hear a New Zealand angle from Assoc Prof Papaarangi Reid of the University of Auckland. With host Jacky Angus.
Extending spatial DSS with spatial choice models of multipurpose shopping trip behaviour
Spatial choice or interaction models have been widely used in spatial DSS or customised GIS for analysing the impacts of retail location plans. The models typically used, however, do not account for spatial agglomeration effects on spatial choice behaviour. This study develops a model system for analysing the impacts of retail plans based on a choice model of multipurpose behaviour developed in earlier work. The model system is implemented in the spatial DSS called Location Planner. An empirical
NASA | Show Me the Water
Freshwater seems abundant, but when accounting for all the water on Earth, it's in limited supply. Just three percent of the water on our planet is freshwater. A majority of this water, about two percent of the world total, is contained in glaciers and ice sheets or stored below ground. The remaining one percent is found in lakes, rivers and wetland areas or transported through the atmosphere in the form of water vapor, clouds and precipitation. Rain and snowfall replenish freshwater source
Stripverhalen in de klas : Bibliotheekfiche
De leerlingen kunnen deze eenvoudige fiche zelfstandig invullen na het lezen van een stripverhaal. Wanneer de fiches verzameld worden, kunnen andere leerlingen die raadplegen en zo nagaan welke strip in de smaak valt bij de klasgenootjes. De …
Gaza Waiting for the Arab Spring to Bloom
The Arab Spring began in Tunisia and quickly spread to Egypt. Even Palestinians joined the battle by demanding that the two warring leadership factions reconcile and hold new elections. Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich, who reported from Egypt and Gaza in May and June 2011, brings you this audio and visual report with some of the untold stories of the Arab Spring.
China U.S. Climate Conference
Opening Session: The University, Scientific Research, and Climate Change
Running Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes
This panel will highlight the mutual vulnerability of China and the U.S. to climate change, and the indispensable role of scientific research in understanding the problem and developing solutions.
What's at Risk? Climate Model Predictions and Physical and Biological Impacts
Running Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes
This panel of climate scientists will describe the state of scientific knowledge rega
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