Thursday, 23 March 2017

DD306 - Living Political Lives - Week 23

TMA week




The first TMA for over a year has been submitted.

I am pretty sure I have answered the question. Was going to look at the problems of political representation for the disabled and LGBT communities, but simply ran out of words discussing disability - so that is what it is on.

The course notes seemed to be steering folk towards discussing gender and sexuality - so I have concentrated on the disabled, specifically those with learning disabilities.

I think it is pretty good, the proof will be in the mark though.

Monday, 27 February 2017

DD306 - Living Political Ideas - Week 22

I guess its week 22 for me, so difficult to tell.

Well, I have read everything, made copious notes.

Some of it was interesting, some of it was mind-numbingly tedious.

Now to craft a TMA.

First one for over a year, and to a new tutor, so lets tun the handle and see what happens.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

DD306 - Living Political Ideas - Week 19


Oh well, all the good intentions t get ahead of this course evaporated without trace and so I am now with little choice but to engage with the proposed timetable.

'How is the body political' will be an interesting section as I have relatives with Downs Syndrome, Parkinson's and age related dementia and I also have colleagues, some of whom are, disabled, transgender or homosexual, so I have a range of experience of how your body can effect your choices and ability to have your voice heard.

Time to get the reading done and churn out the first TMA for over a year, then it is on to the state and violence for the last TMA and the final EMA.

Monday, 2 January 2017

DD306 - Living Political Ideas: Happy New Year

Not a page read, not a jot of work done, so my New Year's resolution is to start this course, at Room 4, as soon as possible.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

DD306 : Living Political Ideas - Week 19 (18th Feb)

19

18 Feb

Time to start Room 4 - and see if the study mojo still exists.

DD306 : Living Political Ideas - EMA Questions are published

The EMA question choices have been published......

Option 1

Political ideas ‘live’ in six ways – as inspiration; in political debate; by being changed, adapted and re-appropriated; in institutionalised practices; by having consequences; and by circulating in political theory and practice. Using material in the Entry Room, Room 2, at least one relevant Extra Reading, and two sources from an electronic database explore the extent to which the boundary between humans and non-humans is a living political idea. (word limit 4000)

Option 2

Political ideas ‘live’ in six ways – as inspiration; in political debate; by being changed, adapted and re-appropriated; in institutionalised practices; by having consequences; and by circulating in political theory and practice. Using material in the Entry Room, in Room 5, at least one relevant Extra Reading, and two sources from an electronic database explore the extent to which the state as a solution to violence is a living political idea. (word limit 4000)

Although I did pretty well on the TMA for Human/Non-Human boundaries I never really 'felt it', all a bit too abstract, so I guess it will be Option 2 and Violence and the State.

So, I have done very little this year so far, but time to get down to this get Rooms 4 & 5 squared away asap, and then sort out the 4000 words for the EMA.

Friday, 30 September 2016

DD306 : Living Political Lives - Tutorial Shambles

Well it is the day before the course starts and still no news via the Open University website regarding when the tutorials are.

The website says,

DD306 Tutorial Dates

Your schedule of tutorials and day-schools is not yet available (if your module offers this type of study support). Please check again before your module starts.

This is simply inexplicable!

Why is it so difficult to tell people, at the very least, when and where the first tutorial is?

The Open University appear to be under the impression that now we have signed up for the course this is our only commitment in life, and we can therefore drop everything at the last minute to attend a tutorial which will be announced at the 11th hour.

Considering that there are so few face to face tutorials, you'd think they'd try and give as much notice as possible to enable people to attend.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

DD306 : Living Political Lives - Tutor assigned...... great news.

Really happy to have the same tutor as last year, as they were by far the most involved and thorough tutor that I have had with regard to TMA feedback.

Probably not a huge surprise given that there are only a few tutors left on this course, but good news all the same.

Also, my 'banked' TMA scores from last year are now on the website, which is a relief. Also, it seems so long ago now, but I'd forgotten how well this was going. Given that I need better than a Pass2 on this course for the overall pass I am aiming for, I'd have to do really badly in the two remaining TMAs I have to complete to not hit that target - so it is all about the end of course project - and we don't get to see those questions until 10th December.

But still not tutorial details, which seems to be ridiculous given the course starts next week and we all have our lives to plan. This is a complaint I make every year, but the Open University seem deaf to my complaint.