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1Booksloth
Ago 17, 2008, 8:15pm

Just hoping to revive this great idea for a group. I've been LTing now since January and can't believe I've only just discovered it.

Okay - a quick intro I guess - I graduated (BA Hons) in 2001 (the same year my daughter graduated from Exeter Uni) after studying the Social Sciences Foundation Course; English Language - Past, Present & Future; English Language & Literacy; Approaching Eng Lit; Lit in the Modern World and 19th Century Lit.

I'm so grateful to my OU courses, not just for a great time, but for helping to clarify the kind of books and authors I really want to read.

Although I'd have loved to go on to do an MA I'm not working due to disability so don't feel I can justify the expense these days.

I'd love to chat to anyone who wants to talk about their experiences present and past (or anyone thinking of signing up, come to that.) I know this is a busy time of year for you guys but I think it would be such a shame to let this one die.

2billythefish
Ago 18, 2008, 2:09pm

Nice to meet you, Booksloth! I personally am not an OU student, having graduated with a BA (Hons) in literature 9 years ago and consequently having forgotten most of what I studied. But my partner has been doing her BA in History with the OU since 2004 an is now two-thirds of the way through, and thought that since I am now well-accustomed to the usual wailing and gnashing of teeth come essay time, that I would join this group for her by proxy.

So far, she's done 'An Introduction to the Humanities', 'From Enlightenment to Romanticism', 'Medieval to Modern', and 'Exploring the Classical World'; and I wish I knew as much as she now does about these subjects! I keep saying that I will read her books after she's finished with them, but all my books keep getting in the way - though generally, anything tagged Open University or Classical Studies or History in my library belongs to her rreally.

Would you not be able to get a remittance on some of the fees with your Disability?

3klarusu
Ago 18, 2008, 2:16pm

OU graduate, BSc Hons Natural Sciences a few years back. Now I'm in the final year of a PhD at the OU in the Life Sciences Department. Also worked here for 3-4 years inbetween so I'm well and truly indoctrinated! Just so glad I don't have to worry about TMAs anymore!

4Booksloth
Ago 18, 2008, 4:25pm

Uhhhuhhuhuh! The dreaded TMA! I sometimes wonder how many people there are now in the world who turn pale at the sound of those three letters! Hi to both of you! Nice of you to reply - I knew there had to be some of us still around.

Thanks for the suggestion about reduced fees billythefish. Unfortunately, to get the reduction you have to already be on benefits that I don't qualify for (or that was the case last time I looked) but I probably should keep looking, just in case things change. Say a big Hi! to your partner from one who knows what she's going through. Maybe when this year's exams are over she'd like to join in the chat.

klarusu - you're now doing your PhD! That sounds fantastic (I do realise I may be the only person on the planet who actually thinks that sounds fun.) I noticed a few OU books in your library while having a sneaky browse around earlier so I'm not that surprised to see you here. Do you live at/near Milton Keynes then?

I guess we all got something out of OU and I'm sure most people would assume that was mainly career-wise, but did the rest of you have as much of a fun time as I did too? My son has also just done an OU short course and starts his degree proper next year. Unlike mine, though, his is in maths/science so I'm hoping I might be able to pick up a few tips from him on those subjects!

5tomcatMurr
Set 20, 2008, 1:12pm

you're now doing your PhD! That sounds fantastic (I do realise I may be the only person on the planet who actually thinks that sounds fun.)

no no no that sounds like fun to me too!! I did my BA in Humanities with Literature, and a Diploma in Classics. It was the most rewarding educational experience of my life.

Klarusu, how are you getting on with it?

Booksloth, I also did 19th Century Lit. Wasn't that a fantastic course? And I also did Lit in the Modern World. I really enjoyed all the theory! And does anyone remember Athur Marwick from the old Introduction to Humanities course?

I'm seriously thinking of doing the new MA in English. It starts in 2009 (October as usual) and lasts two years. it replaces the old literature MA, but so far the OU haven't posted any info about it on their website. Has anyone else heard anything about it?

6faerybad
Set 20, 2008, 1:59pm

Hi TomcarMurr
The latest info on the MA is here:
http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/ma/ma-english-info.htm

I did Intro to Humanities in 2007 and all I can say about Arthur is that I hope we don't have to cross paths again!

7Booksloth
Editado: Set 21, 2008, 2:48pm

Hey - massive thanks to both of you (#5+6) for bringing that one to my attention! I still don't think I can afford to do it (thought I'm about to start looking into the possibility of any financial help I can get) but it sounds exactly what I've been waiting for. I guess a lot/few/some of you have just got back from summer schools right now and are all fired up for that final stretch. Hope you enjoyed that time as much as I did. The last couple of months always used to go very quickly for me (probably because I'd got an extention on my latest TMA so as to fit around the summer, and so was working a couple of weeks behind schedule by now).

My son is also an OU student these days having just finished one of the short brush-up maths courses and signed up for a first year of the kind of maths that makes my head hurt just to think about it. I'm so proud of him! He was just like me at school (always had better things to do than study) and the 'let's get educated' bug has just hit him. It's the next best thing to doing it myself and I can't wait for that graduation ceremony in 6 years' time!

#6 Yes, they were both wonderful courses! I still have all the text books.

I don't know whether the Arthur you guys mention is a tutor or a course author but if it's the latter I know how you feel. After the English language courses I hope I never come into contact with 'Fairclough' (I won't even do him the courtesy of looking up his first name.) How a course on language can be made so unintelligible I simply do not understand. I've always had a huge interest in our language but I found the language courses I did very dry and non-gripping. Much preferred the lit ones.

If, on the other hand, that Arthur you speak of is a tutor or lecturer - did anyone else go to summer schools at Keele on the Social Sciences intro course (D103 sounds right???) around '95/'96 and remember that wonderful lecturer John (Somebody) I know his surname will come back to me later . He was one of the older tutors there (I hope he won't mind my saying that as I think he was about to retire) and, although teaching the SS course, he was also very interested in the English language - used to tell the story of the Wheatear if that rings any bells. He had quite a fan club while I was there as he was one of those people who was so enthusiastic he could have made anything sound fascinating and a lot of people who weren't even studying what he was teaching used to go to his lectures for the sheer joy of them. I'd love to know if anyone has any news about him since (though I do realise the lack of a surname isn't terribly helpful).

ETA - I think the surname might have been Potts.

8tomcatMurr
Set 21, 2008, 9:22pm

Arthur Marwick was the history professor who appeared on all the TV programs. He was a real throwback to the 70s, with garish flipper ties and Ken Russell hair. Engagingly eccentric and brilliant.

Most of the lecturers I had at my summer schools were marvellous, although I think that was the luck of the draw, as I do remember at one summer school one of the groups practically fired their tutor, refusing to attend their sessions with her.

I hope your son enjoys his OU experience as much as we did, and that you can get funding for the MA!

Faerybad, thanks for the link. This is all I can find about the new course too. I hope they give out more details soon.

Are you thinking of doing it?

9Booksloth
Set 22, 2008, 9:51am

#8 Checked it all out but no chance of any funding beyond undergrad courses. After that lottery win maybe.

10faerybad
Set 22, 2008, 2:44pm

Hello again Tom

Not sure I could ever afford the MA because as a non-UK resident my course fees are already very high for my under-grad courses.

I'm relatively new to the OU - did A103 last year and am coming to the end of my second course, U211 Exploring the English. I'll be sitting my very first OU exam on Oct 7. Less said about that the better! Next up is Approaching Literature (starting Sept 27) followed by my first level 3 The Art of English in Feb 09. Two more Level 3s after that and if all goes to plan I should have a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature in 2010! Phew!

I wish they'd update the course info - they've had that page up all year with no updates. There's also a new course in Children's Literature slated for Oct 09 that they have yet to officially announce. It would make forward planning so much easier if they would just get a move on!