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  • Points: 60
  • Code: A113
  • Level: 1
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I completed this module last year and have since completed 'Exploring religion: places, practices, texts and experiences' (A227). A113 was a great introduction module for the Arts and Humanities degree. There was so much variety and enables students to review what path to follow. I had originally signed up for the full History degree, but by completing A113, I realised how interested in the religious studies element I had become. I therefore switched to the more general Arts and Humanities degree so that I could study A227, which was very easy to do. I can strongly recommend A113 as it provides a whole wealth of information and learning and also develops more generic study skills. I learned so much from this module and received lots of support and guidance.

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: July 2023

I really enjoyed this module and found the material more focussed than 'Discovering the arts and humanities' (A111) but more dynamic and relatable as much of the material was more contemporary i.e. WW1, Red Clydeside, The Sixties etc.
The module focuses around Religion, Philosophy, Music and History, covering major "Revolutions" throughout from the 16/17th Centuries through to the 20th Century. I found the material really helped me understand what I liked and didn't like and was a major influence for my OU level 2 module choice, and also ultimately where my degree will focus. I found the tutor-marked assignments a step up in rigour from A111, and the attention to detail and scrutiny my excellent tutor instilled definitely held me in good stead for my OU level 2 module. Not all of the material held my interest, but the majority did, and it was an eye-opening introduction to some key events in history through the lens of the four key areas (Philosophy, Religion etc). Well worth doing.

David Brown

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: June 2023

This module is underpinned by the theme of 'revolutions' relating to the four subject areas of history, philosophy, music and religion.

I gained so much from this module. Knowledge of course about specific revolutions and the impact on ordinary people. But also different philosophical models such as Marxism and Existentialism, which we were encouraged to discuss in tutorials.
Politics related to power, gender and religion were considered with the French, German, and Haitian revolutions and also after the first World War with a great module on Ireland. The 1960s were explored as a different type of revolution including sexual, musical, religious and protest including civil rights.

Music explored the politics of Stravinsky and Beethoven and also the music of the 'sixties' specifically the phenomena of girl bands.

Full of interesting, engaging and diverse content, quality resources and tutor-marked assignments that are enjoyable and consolidate understanding. There is a lot of choice for the final end-of-module assessment and support from tutors. This module is highly recommended.

Course starting: October 2021

Review posted: July 2022

I found this module absolutely fascinating. For someone who has studied very little, I found the course material very well laid out accessible and provided an interesting variety of topics. I knew very little about the French Revolution and the Russian Revolution and was not even aware that there had been a German Revolution. I felt a great sense of achievement when I completed the module, that I had learnt a lot and that I am much better informed particularly in European History and Philosophy. All the tutorials were excellent and my tutor was very supportive and approachable.
I found it to be a lot of work particularly as I had very limited knowledge of History but it was definitely worth it and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the arts and humanities.

Maria Nicholas

Course starting: October 2020

Review posted: July 2022

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