Ethnography is the methodical study of people and cultures. It brings you closer to your social world by giving you new insights into organisations, communities and customs.

Gain the core skills of participant observation, taking field notes and interviewing. Explore the ethics of research and how to analyse what you’ve discovered. Learn how to critique and use published ethnographic research in your own work.


Explore the remarkable Special Collections and Museum Collections of the University of Aberdeen. Investigate the Aberdeen City and Shire Archives to hone your skills. Find out how to access online materials relevant to your research, how archives are structured and gain training in family history research.

You'll learn to address issues you might encounter using overseas archives and develop your transcription skills. Under the expert guidance of award-winning online tutors, you’ll ready yourself to conduct research in archives at home and abroad.


The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed a suboptimal response to this threatening global disaster, including the response to the psychological impact. Both the economic hardship and the continuous media coverage of alarming news have exacerbated this effect which also includes increased domestic violence.



For three decades and longer we have heard educators and technologists making a case for the transformative power of technology in learning. However, despite the rhetoric, in many ways and at most institutional sites, education is still relatively untouched by technology. Even when technologies are introduced, the changes sometimes seem insignificant and the results seem disappointing. If the print textbook is replaced by an e-book,

This course covers fundamental concepts and methods in static structural analysis. Starting with the very basics, we consider forces, moments and how to use the principle of static equilibrium. We then move on to look at pin-jointed structures or trusses; what are they and how do we analyse them? We'll cover the joint resolution method and method of sections in detail. Worked examples are used extensively to demonstrate the practical application of theory.

Based on my experience lecturing to engineering undergraduates, the course focuses on those areas students find particularly tricky when starting out. The link between theory and practice is reinforced using my experience as a structural design engineer. The course includes video lectures which combine screencast voice over with traditional style lectures. 


Botany, also called plant science(s) or plant biology, is a discipline of biology and the science of plant life. The term "botany" is derived from the Ancient Greek word βοτάνη (botane) meaning "pasture", "grass", or "fodder"; βοτάνη is in turn derived from βόσκειν (boskein), "to feed" or "to graze". A person engaged in the study of botany may be called a botanist or a plant scientist. Nowadays, botanists study approximately 400,000 species of living organismsof which some 260,000 species are vascular plants and about 248,000 are flowering plants. Botany is the scientific study of plants. "Plants," to most people, means a wide range of living organisms from the smallest bacteria to the largest living things - the giant sequoia trees.

Social and emotional learning, or SEL, programs have flourished in schools during the last decade. These programs vary widely but most share a concern for five individual, student competencies: self awareness; self-management; social awareness; relationship skills; and finally responsible decision making. It is important for teachers and parents to know about and understand these programs. While lots of SEL programs emphasize K-12 student social and emotional learning, only a very few programs exist to promote, and help teachers explore their own emotional well-being. In this Specialization our central premise is this: