What's New at the OU for '99 the OU Has Unveiled a Number of New Courses Which Will Be Launched in 1999
En Rumbo is the new Spanish language course launching in 1999, the first in a series of three which it is planned will lead to a Diploma in Spanish.
Following in the footsteps of the successful OU programmes in French and German, En Rumbo uses print, audio and video materials to develop the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish to a high level.
The course also provides an introduction to contemporary Spanish and Latin American society and culture. This is not a course for beginners; a prior knowledge of Spanish roughly equivalent to GCSE is necessary, although formal qualifications are not needed. A study pack is available to help brush up your Spanish before starting. Other undergraduate level course new for 1999 include Philosophy and the Human Situation. The first ever OU Philosophy course at Level 2, this provides a good grounding in the subject. A prior knowledge of philosophy is not essential. The course shows how philosophy can be applied to questions of wide-ranging interest, such as the acceptable limits of freedom, environmental ethics, attitudes to animals, and Darwinism and human nature, and teaches techniques of analysis and argument applicable to other academic subjects and to everyday discussion. Computer conferencing is an option for students, but is not compulsory. Art and its Histories is a second-level introduction to art history from the Renaissance to the present day. Covering sculpture and architecture as well as painting and graphic arts, it will interest those who have already studied in this area as well as those new to it. Topics include the Western canon of art, the artist, women in art, non-European art, the avant-garde, the role of museums and art in society today. The course includes six high quality, illustrated books and eight TV programmes. Cities and Technology from Babylon to Singapore is a new third- level course in the History of Science and Technology series. How did ancient Rome feed and house its one million population? How has the motor car affected the design of cities? Questions like these, drawn from a wide range of urban settings, past and present, are used to explore the historical relationship between technology and society. Communications, water management and weaponry are the main technologies investigated. The course looks at how technology has shaped towns and cities and how politics, economics, culture and the environment have influenced the technology. In year 2000, experts predict that for the first time in history, more than half the world's population will live in cities. What problems, and possibilities, does this present? Understanding Cities, a new third-level course, one of the Geography and Environmental Studies series in the Social Sciences faculty, takes a fresh look at cities around the world and how people survive and thrive in them. It considers flows of money, people, information, commodities, images between and within cities, and how this helps understand why certain cities become more or less successful. Students who take this course and The Shape of …
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Publication information: Article title: What's New at the OU for '99 the OU Has Unveiled a Number of New Courses Which Will Be Launched in 1999. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: November 5, 1998. Page number: OE12. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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