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Discovering the arts and humanities

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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A111
  • Level: 1
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This was a compulsory module as part of my BA in Arts and Humanities. It was also the first OU module that I studied. I was not sure how interesting I would find it due to the diversity of the disciplines. However, I found the whole experience to be really rewarding and thoroughly enjoyed every unit. It was useful to see how each of the disciplines that included art, literature, music, history, religious studies and philosophy worked together and as stand alone topics. Each unit was well laid out and all the materials provided were clear. The varied topics actually helped me broaden my thinking and enabled me to decide which route I wanted to go down for future stages. I would recommend this module as a good one to start your degree with.

Course starting: January 2021

Review posted: March 2022

This course is extremely diverse with the vast array of topics to be learnt, but nonetheless very interesting. Certainly a challenging start as an OU level 1 module, but very rewarding.

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: December 2021

This was the first module I have studied with distance learning. One of the interesting things about this module is learning the Art History of the United Kingdom. and learning the battles that were a part of history throughout the Elizabethan period and onwards.
The books were descriptive and well written and made the module more enjoyable with lots of visual art and paintings and descriptions, including videos.

Rachel Rydersmith

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: September 2021

An excellent introduction to the humanities. This module romps through topics such as art, history, literature, religion, philosophy, and music using high-quality resources and tutorial support.

Academic skills are gradually developed by the use of well planned and organised activities including tutorials, forums and written work. Tutor feedback is encouraging, supportive and designed to help the student to develop.

Overall an engaging and enjoyable module ideal for people returning to study.

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: September 2021

This module is well structured with great content. You may take this module thinking you want to study one area or subject however you may very well, as I did, find another which sets you on a new path.

Matthew Fletcher

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: November 2020

I immensely enjoyed this module more so than I thought I would! It was a great start to my academic journey and laid out in a way that really allows you to step back into studying again.

I found out that the aspects I expected to enjoy most were actually sometimes the ones I least enjoyed and vice versa.

I hope all my modules are laid out as well as this one!

Madison Kingrey

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: September 2020

Having studied this module simultaneously with module 'Voices, texts, and material culture' (A105), I was surprised at how interesting I found this module to be. My tutor was extremely helpful and provided feedback which I look to taking with me as I move forward with my OU education. Highly recommend this module.

Stacey Lannigan

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: August 2020

Overall, I liked the module. I didn't enjoy so much the chapters about Music, as I am not so interested in the topic.

I had trouble with my first tutor, but luckily the OU transferred me to a new group with a great tutor! The tutor would answer all my questions in time and gave me very interesting information.

It was my first OU module and I must confess the online tutorials are very few...I thought we would have more often and longer lectures! They took always only 1 hour. That's very short. The tutors would also only explain what was given in the textbooks and gave very rarely extra information.

I think the module is good and great for Art & Humanities students.

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: July 2020

I found the module materials were good and explained the subjects well.The study skills each week were helpful. I enjoyed the historical parts of the module as this is the subject of my degree. The parts I found more difficult were the chapters on music, poetry and philosophy. Though after finishing the weeks study I understood these subjects better. Another part of the module materials I enjoyed was the chance to do further study at the end of each week. This I did on most weeks of the module. I think the workload on the module is manageable, I had to time plan giving myself study time in the morning and afternoon, but also allowing myself days when I could go and do other things.Having had experience of AA100 I think that A111 module materials were better and the chapters flowed together better on A111.

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: July 2020

A fantastic introduction to the world of humanities. Unlike some other OU Level 1 modules, the topics move along quickly so if you aren't enjoying something it's over with pretty soon! Personally, it helped me decide on the direction to take my Arts and Humanities degree - I was originally set on taking a route through The Classics, but have since changed my direction to include more literature.

The module books are easy to follow, as are the website portions. Like most people say, the forums are a bit lacklustre and I found that it tended to be the more outspoken members that led the way, not necessarily allowing much conversation from quieter members (a lot of comments ignored if you weren't already part of a conversation that started before the topic was even covered).

Overall though, an enjoyable module and helpful if you are a little undecided which Arts/Humanities route to take.

Course starting: October 2019

Review posted: July 2020

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