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Hey everyone,

I'm Emma, 20 years old and I'm going to give university another try. I previously dropped out of university due to not enjoying my course, then I discovered Open University and it looks like a great option for me.

I'm just waiting on student finance- as that's always such a pain to deal with especially when the application isn't so clear but hey its done now!

I've registered to study the modules 'arts past and present' and 'journey through a changing world', both that look very interesting!

If anyone else is taking these modules it would be great to get to know you :-)
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(Original post by rhythmpantherxo)
Hey everyone,

I'm Emma, 20 years old and I'm going to give university another try. I previously dropped out of university due to not enjoying my course, then I discovered Open University and it looks like a great option for me.

I'm just waiting on student finance- as that's always such a pain to deal with especially when the application isn't so clear but hey its done now!

I've registered to study the modules 'arts past and present' and 'journey through a changing world', both that look very interesting!

If anyone else is taking these modules it would be great to get to know you :-)

Hey. I will be starting Arts past and present in October I'm also doing an open degree. I'm already currently doing a module with them and will be studying full time starting in October. It had definitely been a great choice for me.

Hope you enjoy your studies, if you want I can send you a dropbox link with the pdf versions of the textbooks for Arts past and present. It may help to get a look at the textbooks before starting
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Hiya!

Yay! That's great to know someone else on the course too how are you enjoying your module so far?

Really? That would be a great help! Thank you very much oh and is that Jack and Finn in your icon?
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Hiya!

Yay! That's great to know someone else on the course too how are you enjoying your module so far?

Really? That would be a great help! Thank you very much oh and is that Jack and Finn in your icon?
I'm doing DD102 Intro to social science ATM and I'm loving it. It's a great module, and everything seems very well organized. I also like their module website structure, it is very clearly set up and helpful.

I will PM you the pdfs. Yeah it is Jack and Finn, I used to be mildly addicted to their youtube videos :P
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That's great I'm glad you're enjoying it :-) I'm glad to here you're happy with OU it sounds promising for when I begin :-)

Thank you very much!

Haha I love Jack and Finn, I think my favourite YouTuber has to be Louis Cole. I would love to travel as much as he does :-)
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That's an interesting combination! Do you know which area of the humanities you want to specialise in? I did Arts Past and Present so if you have any questions, ask away.
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I'm thinking English Literature, but I'm so easy to change my mind haha! Thank you so much that's really kind of you :-) Did you enjoy the course? :-)
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I'm thinking English Literature, but I'm so easy to change my mind haha! Thank you so much that's really kind of you :-) Did you enjoy the course? :-)
I didn't enjoy it. If it were just history and literature I would have liked it, but I didn't enjoy the art history, music and philosophy assignments at all!
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I'm not going to be very good at the Art and Music asssignments, I can see me getting stressed over them haha :') Thank you for your honesty!
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I'm not going to be very good at the Art and Music asssignments, I can see me getting stressed over them haha :') Thank you for your honesty!

I'm leaning more towards English Literature too. This is one of the reasons I'm glad I have the textbooks early, at least this way I can prepare myself for the parts I don't know much about
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Yes thank you very much for sending them to me, I've been reading through them so I have some idea of what to do when the module begins
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I did AA100 Arts Past and Present a few years ago - and I loved it. It covers the whole range of arts and humanities subjects, but each is only studied for a week or so at a time, so if there is something you don't like it is only a short time until you do something else. I ended up specialising in classical studies and art history - and it was the AA100 sections on Cleopatra, Cezanne and the Benin Bronzes that got me started. I am currently waiting for my results for AA315, Renaissance Art Reconsidered.
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I did AA100 Arts Past and Present a few years ago - and I loved it. It covers the whole range of arts and humanities subjects, but each is only studied for a week or so at a time, so if there is something you don't like it is only a short time until you do something else. I ended up specialising in classical studies and art history - and it was the AA100 sections on Cleopatra, Cezanne and the Benin Bronzes that got me started. I am currently waiting for my results for AA315, Renaissance Art Reconsidered.

So how did you find the actual work and intensity level?

Do you think it would be manageable to do this as well as another 60 credit module?

and finally how difficult was the overall course?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks for any answers
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So how did you find the actual work and intensity level?

Do you think it would be manageable to do this as well as another 60 credit module?

and finally how difficult was the overall course?

Sorry for all the questions, and thanks for any answers
I did this course while working full-time - and I got a distinction, so I would say, yes it is possible.

That said, you would have to be very organised and motivated to work. I found the course very interesting, as I have a scientific background and had not studied humanities before. I didn't find it to be particularly intense, the work was interesting but the very structure of the course meant that it was not very in depth. The longest piece of work was the end of module assignment at the end which I really enjoyed doing.

I know that this sounds really hackneyed, but this course was a life changer for me - it opened my eyes to subjects that I would not have considered studying before.
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I did this course while working full-time - and I got a distinction, so I would say, yes it is possible.

That said, you would have to be very organised and motivated to work. I found the course very interesting, as I have a scientific background and had not studied humanities before. I didn't find it to be particularly intense, the work was interesting but the very structure of the course meant that it was not very in depth. The longest piece of work was the end of module assignment at the end which I really enjoyed doing.

I know that this sounds really hackneyed, but this course was a life changer for me - it opened my eyes to subjects that I would not have considered studying before.
Thank you for this reply. Thankfully I am generally quite organised, so having a full course load should be manageable

And both the courses I have are both EMAs as opposed to exams, which will hopefully help too
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I did this course while working full-time - and I got a distinction, so I would say, yes it is possible.

That said, you would have to be very organised and motivated to work. I found the course very interesting, as I have a scientific background and had not studied humanities before. I didn't find it to be particularly intense, the work was interesting but the very structure of the course meant that it was not very in depth. The longest piece of work was the end of module assignment at the end which I really enjoyed doing.

I know that this sounds really hackneyed, but this course was a life changer for me - it opened my eyes to subjects that I would not have considered studying before.
Hi Shari-B
Sorry this is nothing to do with the above thread but related to AA315 and I don't know where else to post it. My ou arts degree finished in the 90s with art history honours coures and I wanted to do AA315 just for interest but can't get funding. I plan to buy the books secondhand and work through it on my own, but it would be a tremendous help if I had the course booklet, EMAs (i actually enjoy essay writing) and the timetable with the plan of reading to keep me organised and motivated. I am hoping you would be oreoared to send me yours so I could copy them and send them straight back to you. If so I'd pay the postage when the postman called. It would be so useful if you could do this, I don't know how we can get in touch directly, perhaps you would have an idea. In the meantime thanks and good luck with your result!
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