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8.3 Too little protein
This Unit studies 'proteins'. Starting with a simple analysis of the molecular make up, the Unit moves on to look at the importance of protein and how they are digested and absorbed
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Recycling Water: One Step to Making Biofuels a Reality
Manuel Vasquez, Undergraduate in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, presents his research supported by a 2013-2014 Water Sustainability Program Student Fellowship. See link to the research report. https://wsp.arizona.edu/sites/wsp.arizona.edu/files/file/SZiaja_WSP2014_Report.pdf
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Managing the European economy after the introduction of the Euro
The Euro was first adopted as a currency in 1999, but what impact has it had on the European economy? This unit looks at the key developments in the economy since that date and examines the challenges of economic policy formation and governance of the EU's expanding economy.
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References

Bernardes, J. (1987) ‘“Doing things with words”: Sociology and “Family Policy” debates’, Sociological Review, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 679–702.
Bernardes, J. (1993) ‘Responsibilities in studying postmodern families’, Journal of Family Therapy, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 35–49.
Bernardes, J. (2003[1985]) ‘Do we really
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5 Next steps
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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Software development for enterprise systems
Enterprise systems are software applications that automate and integrate all many of the key business processes of an organisation. With some understanding of software development, you will learn about current development practices for this type of system and develop relevant skills to apply them to real-world problems. You will develop core skills in object-oriented analysis and design, allowing you to develop software that is fit for purpose, reusable and amenable to change.
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3.2 Modelling techniques and language
Enterprise systems are software applications that automate and integrate all many of the key business processes of an organisation. With some understanding of software development, you will learn about current development practices for this type of system and develop relevant skills to apply them to real-world problems. You will develop core skills in object-oriented analysis and design, allowing you to develop software that is fit for purpose, reusable and amenable to change.
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Learning outcomes

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • identify and describe what is meant by a formal rule and understand the problems associated with rule making;

  • explain what is meant by policy and why it is important;

  • understand how formal rules are constructed;

  • explain the difference between specific and general rules, and why the difference matters;

  • explain why the language of formal rules is important;

  • ex
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T. S. Eliot Reading "The Love Song Of J. Alfred Prufrock"
This is a reading of T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" read by Mr. Eliot himself.  It is accompanied by a slide show of pictures of T. S. Eliot.  Its always nice to hear a poem read by the original author because it can help students get a better idea of the cadence of the poetry.

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Punxsutawney Groundhog Eve Rhyming Song
A music video about Punxy Phil on the Eve of Groundhog Day. Sing along music for kids. Really cute rhyming song and provides information or questions between each stanza. Students will enjoy watching this on Groundhog's Day. (7:25)
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1.3.1 What evidence are we reading?

Social scientists use particular methods to gather qualitative evidence, from observation to interview, but they also use autobiographical accounts, journalism, and other documentary material to flesh out and add meaning to statistics.

As with reading numbers, reading textual evidence requires us to practise, to set time aside to learn how to do it, and to understand the conventions of writing which operate in the different forms of writing we encounter. One of the main pr
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Studying at the Oxford Internet Institute
Thinking about applying for our DPhil or MSc courses? Want to know more about what it's like to study at the Oxford Internet Institute? In this ten minute video, faculty and students talk about the OII's DPhil and MSc programmes Thinking about applying for our DPhil or MSc courses? Want to know more about what it's like to study at the Oxford Internet Institute? In this ten minute video, faculty and students talk about the OII's DPhil and MSc programmes. Sections: I want to study the Internet -
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Engineering: The nature of problems
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and shelter to the generation of wealth by trade. Engineers see the problems more as challenges and opportunities than as difficulties. What they appear to be doing is solving problems, but in fact they are busy creating solutions, an altogether more imaginative activity.
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1.8 ‘Ethics’, ‘ethical’ and authority

There is some confusion over the uses of the terms ‘ethical’ and ‘ethics’. Often people use the adjective ‘ethical’ to signal things that they would expect virtuous people to do. That is they use the word ‘ethical’ instead of ‘good’. Companies, institutions and even governments might claim to have ‘ethical’ policies. Probably such a policy declares the ideology. For example, saying that ‘sustainability is ethical’ may be part of a
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5.2 Material comparisons
Engineering is about extending the horizons of society by solving technical problems, ranging from the meeting of basic human needs for food and shelter to the generation of wealth by trade. Engineers see the problems more as challenges and opportunities than as difficulties. What they appear to be doing is solving problems, but in fact they are busy creating solutions, an altogether more imaginative activity.
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Working with young people: Roles and responsibilities
In this unit, we look at the roles that are taken when working with young people. We focus on what those working with young people actually do, starting with some analysis of roles. We show that, in the context of work with young people, the term is more than simply a statement about who does what: it also says something about the kinds of relationships we form with young people and the values we bring to our work. We then move on to discuss roles in relation to the ‘bigger picture’ of organ
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4.4 Religion and social policy

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Introduction

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
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Freedom from Oil
Based on his book, Freedom from Oil, Sandalow gives a public lecture which draws on both his government experience and energy expertise to explore options, shape solutions and create national policy to address the United States' oil addiction. David Sandalow is Energy and Environment Scholar and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of Freedom from Oil (McGraw-Hill October 2007). Sandalow is Chair of the Energy and Climate Working Group of the Clinton Global Initiative.
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Stiglitz on Credit Crunch - Global Financial Debacle: Meeting the Challenges of Global Governance in
The global financial crisis reflects a failure of global economic governance. The failure of America's regulatory system has not only ramifications for the American economy, but for the global economy. It is clear that the banks' risk management systems could not even protect their own shareholders, let alone the well-being of the global economy. What went wrong? Where did the global financial regulators fail? What can we do to minimize the downturn? And what, if anything, can we do to prevent a
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