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    Hi,

    Have any of you studied this module? I can see it seems to be very diverse, studying bits of all social sciences. What did you think?

    Is anyone doing their BA in Social Sciences? I'd love to hear from you about your experiences.
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    I have previously studied DD131 - the course used to be offered in two 30 credit parts, and DD131 was the first half of the overall 60 credit module. The course has been updated since, as I'm now coming to the end of my Social Sciences degree and they changed things with the recent fee structure change.
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Hi,

    Have any of you studied this module? I can see it seems to be very diverse, studying bits of all social sciences. What did you think?

    Is anyone doing their BA in Social Sciences? I'd love to hear from you about your experiences.
    I'm currently doing DD102, So far it has been a great intro module. The TMA's have been great for getting into studying and assessment at university level.

    I have pdf versions of the course books if you would like me to send them to you. that way you can get an idea of what it would be like to study. Book 2 is a lot more interesting that Book 1 IMO.

    I'm actually doing an open degree, but I have also chosen a Psychology module for level 2 as well and I may do half English Literature and half Social Sciences

    If you have any more specific questions about the course feel free to ask
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    Hi both,
    Thank you for answering.
    Juno- congratulations you are nearly done! How did you find the courses? What did you think of the level 3 ones? Do they become more specific? The entry level modules seem to encompass a lot of the social sciences altogether.

    LadyJoka- oh that would be fab if you could send them to me.
    Yeah I have read in some reviews people liked the second book much more than the first.
    Do you think the tma's are spaced out enough? How much time have you been spending on the course a week? Is there a lot of material to be watch and listen to as well?

    Sorry for all the questions!
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    LadyJoka- oh that would be fab if you could send them to me.
    Yeah I have read in some reviews people liked the second book much more than the first.
    Do you think the tma's are spaced out enough? How much time have you been spending on the course a week? Is there a lot of material to be watch and listen to as well?

    Sorry for all the questions!
    I don't mind the questions. I have sent the link too.

    I personally find the topics more interesting as we get further into the course.

    The TMA's are all spaced out well, and they are set out so you are able to improve your skills for each assignment.
    I personally have been having a few personal problems recently so I have not been focusing completely on my work, but I usually do about 10 hours a week max and it seems to be enough to keep me on track. (I do spend more time when I have a tma coming up though)

    There is also a few videos and some audio. The audio I haven't used at all and it hasn't impacted my results. The videos are useful, and spaced out enough and short enough to not take up too much time. The main module materials are the books.
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Hi both,
    Thank you for answering.
    Juno- congratulations you are nearly done! How did you find the courses? What did you think of the level 3 ones? Do they become more specific? The entry level modules seem to encompass a lot of the social sciences altogether.

    LadyJoka- oh that would be fab if you could send them to me.
    Yeah I have read in some reviews people liked the second book much more than the first.
    Do you think the tma's are spaced out enough? How much time have you been spending on the course a week? Is there a lot of material to be watch and listen to as well?

    Sorry for all the questions!
    My degree will be slightly different to yours because of the changes, so you might find that things are a bit different for you. I'm on the old pathway to get a BSc Social Sciences, whereas you should be on the newer one and called Combined Social Sciences. I don't now how different your courses will be, but they are moving more of the stuff online - with the module I've just done, they used to send out a DVD of films, but now they've been put online, and that kind of thing. They'll also update the work with more recent examples, because a lot of the statistics were from around 2007 and that's now a long time ago!

    So for anything I say, don't expect your experience to be 100% the same.

    I found DD131 (as I said, it was the first half of the predecessor to the course you're doing now) to be a great introductory module. Because of the way I took modules, though, I did it as my last level 1 module and so didn't get as much out of it as I could have done if I'd taken it earlier. As well as introducing the social sciences, it also teaches you study skills, and different ways of studying. If you've recently completed other study you might find parts feel a bit too easy, but stick with it because otherwise there will be a huge jump to later modules!

    I'm not sure how they do the End of Module Assessment (EMA) work now, but when I did the course it had to be posted, rather than uploaded as with the other work. If this is still the case, the deadline is the date the work has to get there! It will take a few days for the Royal Mail to process it, so you need to be sending it a few days before the deadline. I know a few people were caught out by this so thought I'd mention it. There are also rules about how to submit, so you need to read everything carefully. They are moving more towards online content, though, so it's possible that yours could just be a standard upload.

    The later modules are more specialised, but at the same time as they're all social sciences they do interlink slightly. So you'll do an economics module, but at times it might explain the social or legal impact of something, so it covers a small amount of the others. When I did it, you could pick a specialism - and this meant that you chose a level 2 and 3 module on the same subject. So you could do "social sciences with economics" and this meant you'd taken the economics level 2 and 3 modules. However, the modules can stand alone, so you could take the level 3 without having to have had to take the level 2. I'm not sure if they have now changed this.
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    (Original post by LadyJoka)
    I don't mind the questions. I have sent the link too.

    I personally find the topics more interesting as we get further into the course.

    The TMA's are all spaced out well, and they are set out so you are able to improve your skills for each assignment.
    I personally have been having a few personal problems recently so I have not been focusing completely on my work, but I usually do about 10 hours a week max and it seems to be enough to keep me on track. (I do spend more time when I have a tma coming up though)

    There is also a few videos and some audio. The audio I haven't used at all and it hasn't impacted my results. The videos are useful, and spaced out enough and short enough to not take up too much time. The main module materials are the books.
    Thank you for that information. That helps a lot. I was hoping it would take about 10 or 12 hours a week as I feel that that's what I can realistically do with a full time job and also some down time too.
    I had read a blog somewhere where someone that was studying the module, although an earlier version, stated that there was always about 2 or 3 hours of videos and audio a to go through which kinda scared me as this seemed quite a lot on top of everything else, so it's helpful what you said about these.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    My degree will be slightly different to yours because of the changes, so you might find that things are a bit different for you. I'm on the old pathway to get a BSc Social Sciences, whereas you should be on the newer one and called Combined Social Sciences. I don't now how different your courses will be, but they are moving more of the stuff online - with the module I've just done, they used to send out a DVD of films, but now they've been put online, and that kind of thing. They'll also update the work with more recent examples, because a lot of the statistics were from around 2007 and that's now a long time ago!

    So for anything I say, don't expect your experience to be 100% the same.

    I found DD131 (as I said, it was the first half of the predecessor to the course you're doing now) to be a great introductory module. Because of the way I took modules, though, I did it as my last level 1 module and so didn't get as much out of it as I could have done if I'd taken it earlier. As well as introducing the social sciences, it also teaches you study skills, and different ways of studying. If you've recently completed other study you might find parts feel a bit too easy, but stick with it because otherwise there will be a huge jump to later modules!

    I'm not sure how they do the End of Module Assessment (EMA) work now, but when I did the course it had to be posted, rather than uploaded as with the other work. If this is still the case, the deadline is the date the work has to get there! It will take a few days for the Royal Mail to process it, so you need to be sending it a few days before the deadline. I know a few people were caught out by this so thought I'd mention it. There are also rules about how to submit, so you need to read everything carefully. They are moving more towards online content, though, so it's possible that yours could just be a standard upload.

    The later modules are more specialised, but at the same time as they're all social sciences they do interlink slightly. So you'll do an economics module, but at times it might explain the social or legal impact of something, so it covers a small amount of the others. When I did it, you could pick a specialism - and this meant that you chose a level 2 and 3 module on the same subject. So you could do "social sciences with economics" and this meant you'd taken the economics level 2 and 3 modules. However, the modules can stand alone, so you could take the level 3 without having to have had to take the level 2. I'm not sure if they have now changed this.
    Thank you for all this. That's also really helpful. Yeah I have noticed that I can take a specialised route. I'm thinking of doing the geography one.
    It's also good to know that there is some introductory study skills. I have studied about 4 years ago, which is quite a bit to get out of the way of writing essays (for me at least)
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Thank you for that information. That helps a lot. I was hoping it would take about 10 or 12 hours a week as I feel that that's what I can realistically do with a full time job and also some down time too.
    I had read a blog somewhere where someone that was studying the module, although an earlier version, stated that there was always about 2 or 3 hours of videos and audio a to go through which kinda scared me as this seemed quite a lot on top of everything else, so it's helpful what you said about these.
    When I did D131, I'm sure the first TMA (tutor marked assessment, which is the name for the piece of assessed work. It's usually an essay, but depending on the module can also have other bits to it. So if you're doing a maths based module you might have some calculations or to draw a graph, or for economics it's an essay with diagrams, or it might be a few questions where you write a couple of hundred words on each - if you think back to what they set you for your school homework, that would give you a good idea. You start off with maybe 1000 words or less for your essays, and then gradually they build up and get longer and more in-depth. Each module has around 6 TMAs, but obviously it depends on the module length and things) was based on films, with some aspects of the books being included. After that, the audio and video work was less used.

    The OU suggest that
    • A 30-credit module usually takes between 8 and 14 hours a week, depending on the length of the module. Our Access modules, for instance, take around nine hours of study a week over a 30-week period.
    • A 60-credit module takes 16 to 18 hours a week over eight or nine months.

    I have found that generally, it's taken less than that, and then around TMA time it takes more. I'm sure you could smooth it out and study around the same time each week, though. They will give you activities like this to help you decide what time you can devote to studying.

    (Original post by Kat00)
    Thank you for all this. That's also really helpful. Yeah I have noticed that I can take a specialised route. I'm thinking of doing the geography one.
    It's also good to know that there is some introductory study skills. I have studied about 4 years ago, which is quite a bit to get out of the way of writing essays (for me at least)
    There is a lot of help available. You get your tutor, who you can phone or email if you need help. There are OU forums (a bit like this one, but for people doing your course) where you can discuss your difficulties and see that other people are thinking exactly the same thing. There's also the student support team for if you're really stuck or haven't found help elsewhere - they can help with extra support if you're struggling, or provide advice on revision and time management, or pretty much anything. If they can't help, they will know exactly where to send you! There's even an online library, where you can search for things if there's a topic you're not sure about, or for if you're really interested and want more information. So you're never alone.

    The OU is aware that people haven't studied recently, which is why the introductory modules start off introductory. You will find that people brag about how far they're getting along on the forums, but you'll also find there's someone twice as old as you who's juggling study around a family and a full time job.

    I haven't yet mentioned the tutorials. These are where you go to a venue nearby, and have a session with your tutor and the rest of your group. It's a god idea to attend at least one, if you can, so that you know if they're helpful or not. You'll go over work and discuss any issues, or get tips on how to complete the TMA. Most tutors will post their handouts on the forums afterwards, but it's always nice to go and get the full picture. Some modules have day schools, which are essentially a longer tutorial.
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    Thank you very much Juno! It's very helpful to know what help there is available. I've read other people going to tutorials and most of them found it helpful.

    I think time management is what I'm mostly scared of as I find its so different than going to brick uni. Eve. If you only have few contact hours, there is still a structure, whereas trying to fit all the work around full time employment and other commitments seems very daunting, so I'm always grateful for tips and experiences others have had. I think the worst case scenario for me would be to be too tired (physically and mentally) to come home after 9 hours of work and say oh I can do it later, but then realising after a couple of months there is no way I can catch up.
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    The level 1 modules don't count towards your grades, as long as you pass. This gives you a bit of space to realise what works for you. You might be too tired after work, but if so you'll have to do more on your days off!
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    True that! I guess everyone is slightly different in what works for them and I need to see what will work for me. Thank you for all your help
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Hi,

    Have any of you studied this module? I can see it seems to be very diverse, studying bits of all social sciences. What did you think?

    Is anyone doing their BA in Social Sciences? I'd love to hear from you about your experiences.
    I've just finished this module as my first module on a Psychology degree pathway. It is supposed to be an umbrella module covering all the social sciences, however it is very, very Sociology orientated. Quite frankly I hated it and did't have any interest in the material at all. There was next to nothing in the way of psychology and I never want to hear the term "inequality" ever again!

    What the module does do well is give you the tools to bring you up to speed with your study skills and how to write effectively.

    The amount of hours you will need to put into the module will depend on how strong your study skills are at the moment. If you can't write for toffee, then you'll need to put the time in. If you are academically strong already, you will find plenty of opportunities to take a week off (I personally didn't need to spend a week learning how to search effectively on Google etc).

    The essays are not particularly difficult (the first being only 250 words). The iCMA took me around 10 minutes and I got 100% for it and the final EMA is only 1500 words.

    In all, it is a great way to get back into studying, but if you don't have an interest in Sociology I would suggest picking a different module as your starter.
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    (Original post by ashkent)
    I've just finished this module as my first module on a Psychology degree pathway. It is supposed to be an umbrella module covering all the social sciences, however it is very, very Sociology orientated. Quite frankly I hated it and did't have any interest in the material at all. There was next to nothing in the way of psychology and I never want to hear the term "inequality" ever again!

    What the module does do well is give you the tools to bring you up to speed with your study skills and how to write effectively.

    The amount of hours you will need to put into the module will depend on how strong your study skills are at the moment. If you can't write for toffee, then you'll need to put the time in. If you are academically strong already, you will find plenty of opportunities to take a week off (I personally didn't need to spend a week learning how to search effectively on Google etc).

    The essays are not particularly difficult (the first being only 250 words). The iCMA took me around 10 minutes and I got 100% for it and the final EMA is only 1500 words.

    In all, it is a great way to get back into studying, but if you don't have an interest in Sociology I would suggest picking a different module as your starter.
    Hi,
    Thanks for your thoughts on the module! I thought it did look like a lot of sociology and after looking through the books, both present and old, that was confirmed for me. I do like sociology and have already studied a few modules during my first brick-uni degree so that actually excited me. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it. It does sound like a good starter course in any case though.
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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Hi,
    Thanks for your thoughts on the module! I thought it did look like a lot of sociology and after looking through the books, both present and old, that was confirmed for me. I do like sociology and have already studied a few modules during my first brick-uni degree so that actually excited me. Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it. It does sound like a good starter course in any case though.
    No problem. If you like sociology then chances are you will enjoy this module. Good luck with your studies.
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    Hi, I am going to be studying DD102 in October 2015 #New2OU 😊 Would you be so kind as to send me the course books in PDF!?

    Kindest regards

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    (Original post by Kat00)
    Hi both,
    Thank you for answering.
    Juno- congratulations you are nearly done! How did you find the courses? What did you think of the level 3 ones? Do they become more specific? The entry level modules seem to encompass a lot of the social sciences altogether.

    LadyJoka- oh that would be fab if you could send them to me.
    Yeah I have read in some reviews people liked the second book much more than the first.
    Do you think the tma's are spaced out enough? How much time have you been spending on the course a week? Is there a lot of material to be watch and listen to as well?

    Sorry for all the questions!
    Hi Kat00

    I am studying DD102 in October 2015. Could I be really cheeky and ask you to send me copies of the course books? Pretty please

    Kindest regards

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    Hi Kat00

    I am also going to be studying DD102! Could you possibly send them over to me also? Hehe you poor thing, what have you let yourself into?

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    hello

    My name is Bertha , I'm starting the dd102 next year. If you still have any material for the course , i would love to have it please.

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