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So are you doing a BA? How far through are you? And are you enjoying it? I miss my OU days - might still go back for an MA sometime in the future - and I still envy all current students (including my own son). Have your other courses so far all been literature ones? And how are you feeling about the exams?
Sorry about the barrage of questions but I don't often get another student to chat to these days. If you want to discuss any of the books pre-exam or if there's anything you're not sure about I'd love to help out if I can (can't offer to sit the exam for you but you probably wouldn't thank me for that anyway). Good luck for the 16th! Will be thinking of you.
Im coming to the end of DD100 - I have one more assignment left. I am planning on doing DSE212 in october as im working towards psychology degree.
#4: Booksloth, someone else told me they used to do the exams in November, but i now a few people who have sat theirs in October and June.
Yes, I am doing a BA (Hons) in Lit with the OU, studying from Normandy, France. The year start is now in September, like the normal academic year. I am enjoying it very much, although I must admit that studying Germinal and Mme Bovary in English was a novelty, but it made the books shorter.
As for the exam, I have based my studying on past exam questions, so I am choosing Middlemarch (instead of Dombey and Son), Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, Far from the Madding Crowd, Dracula, The Awakening and Germinal, with their main critics. Portrait of a Lady and Heart of Darkness will be used only for the narrative techniques for Q1. The ones I am skipping are Dombey and the Woman in White. And what's left are the critics Part 1.
I'll probably start panicking when I'm on the train on the way to the exam!!
I'll follow with A(ZX)300 'The 20th Century Novel: Texts and Debates' - should be fun!
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'Germinal': despite the difficulty in reading the book in French in secondary school (before the OU), the story is a gem - you won't find so many authors who write novels about the mine workers (and the difference in social classes) so vividly. I also appreciated the performance in the movie with Depardieu, Renaud and Miou-Miou. If you do not like the book, you may like the movie, who knows...
I am have been enjoying DD100, and some of the topics are interesting except for the stuff on economy, and globalization etc.. which nearly sent me to sleep a few times :D
If you do decide to take one of the courses, i would love to know what you thought of them.
#15 Don't know if it's any help here but I took the short social sciences (just for fun - I think it cost me about £35 back then) course before doing the foundation year, which was a great inro to study, and am partway through the just-for-fun A174 (Start Writing Fiction, a freebie) though I have let it slide badly over the past few months (other commitments). They're fun courses though a bit 'light' for someone who has done undergrad level study. Interesting for sure and better than nothing but I do miss the structure of 'proper' courses as I have no self-discipline and really need TMA deadlines to keep my nose to the grindstone. Do check out the freebies though - there are so many I'd be amazed if someone couldn't find something they fancied, though I would suggest trying a subject you know nothing at all about as they are pretty basic.
I hope so! I am trying to achieve the BA (Hons) for going into teaching, but now they (the French government) request the MA to apply for the CAPES exam (1st year entrance PGCE), before going to the IUFM (National Teachers School)'s second year. And this is just to teach in secondary schools and high schools.
Shakespeare however is the bees knees!
Have to say that I've just signed up for the new Lit MA - very much a last minute decision and one that I may regret - I was advised years ago never to take an OU course in its first year because of all the adjustments but we will see - but its the only MA I've found that covers texts which interest me, although I am not sure about the Coetze and Wide Sargasso Sea. But Paradise Lost does really excite me...
An OU course advisor would need to be contacted, in my opinion.
So many courses - so little time in which to take them
>loads of courses coming up to their last presentation
That is not an ideal situation, for certain. Maybe if you keep your least favourite course for last, there may be a new course that would be more interesting (and updated).
Naturally I've bought the set texts and recommended books for all five!
Anyway there are usually quite a few sets of old course material available on University Booksearch so I can work through the stuff on my own if necessary.