Open University DD101 - Introducing the Social Sciences

#1
Has anyone done this course?

I'm interested in getting people's experiences, such as; how long are the TMAs, do you really need to give it 20 hours a week, is it interesting, is there anything over and above the course material that's worth reading?

I understand it's a useful module to undertake as it's an optional course for a number of qualification paths.

Thanks in advance for any (useful) comments.
 
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#2
Has anyone done this course?

I'm interested in getting people's experiences, such as; how long are the TMAs, do you really need to give it 20 hours a week, is it interesting, is there anything over and above the course material that's worth reading?

I understand it's a useful module to undertake as it's an optional course for a number of qualification paths.

Thanks in advance for any (useful) comments.
I was doing this course as part of my Psychology degree, had to drop it due to work, though I will have to do it again at the next presentation as it's one of my mandatory modules.

Put as many hours in as you can, the more you understand about the various topics covered the easier you'll find the TMAs. However, personally I found it duller than a very dull thing and found it a real struggle to stay motivated.
 
#3
Thanks C_B, that's an honest opinion and nicely balances the "hey, it's awesome" posts I've read elsewhere and probably reflects the truth more accurately. :thumbright:
 

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#4
What CB said. I went onto other things in the end although as you say the SS do underpin quite a bit of academic stuff and also is quite useful in the military in certain circles. Still dull though.
 
#5
What CB said. I went onto other things in the end although as you say the SS do underpin quite a bit of academic stuff and also is quite useful in the military in certain circles. Still dull though.
I can't wait now, roll on Oct! ;-)
 
#6
The 20 hours a week depends on how efficiently you learn/work. Most of the introductory modules are dull and are intended to get everybody up to the same level.
 
#7
Has anyone done this course?

I'm interested in getting people's experiences, such as; how long are the TMAs, do you really need to give it 20 hours a week, is it interesting, is there anything over and above the course material that's worth reading?

I understand it's a useful module to undertake as it's an optional course for a number of qualification paths.

Thanks in advance for any (useful) comments.
I completed DD131 which is the first part of the course (30pts). It is a very useful module as you said as it has given me the springboard to go on and study for my History degree with the OU. It just wasn't my thing however, it bored me to tears!. You will cover everything from street furniture to social change.(Cardiff heavily used, City rd in particular). There is quite a bit on the role of consumerism, the role of the seduced and the repressed for example. Anything i can do to help just ask.
 
#8
Thanks, Pyianno and bohs_man.

How about TMA length?
 
#10
Thanks, not too bad then.
 
#11
It sounds easy enough mate but it was boring! A lot depends on your tutor (if you need them). The questions can be a bit off putting. I'll PM you some question examples if you wish.

You may like it however, each to their own!.
 
#12
#13
I've just finished Y183, which started off very interesting and then got really dull at the end (what is happiness, FFS!). The tutor was good, but I didn't really make use of her after the first couple of tutorials and I found the essay writing easy, but tedious (who on earth struggles to put simple references in?).

I'd appreciate some sample questions, that'd be useful, thanks.
 
#15
Replied. :)
 
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#16
I'll be starting the course again in October as well, though I'll be going for the 30pt course instead of the 60pt one.
 
#17
I'll be starting the course again in October as well, though I'll be going for the 30pt course instead of the 60pt one.
I was considering that one, hope I haven't made a mistake. :S
 
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#18
I originally did the 60pt course as I had monged it a bit on my previous module and wasn't convinced I'd done enough to pass so would have needed the points to progress to the level 2 courses, as it turns out I passed the module so I only need the 30pts to move on.

Some bits are interesting but Social Science isn't my cup of tea.
 
#19
I've just joined the module Faceache page and I think I'm going to be slashing my wrists very soon.

What a bunch of left-wing twats! The moderator's got a picture of Tony Benn as her profile pic and her profile is full of anti-military tripe.

I have a feeling I'll be turfed from there pretty soon. :)
 
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#20
Sadly I crowed it hard and missed the deadline for the winter presentation of the course, so will have to wait till Feb to carry on with my studies. Enjoy the lefties, they're all like that.
 

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