Another week, another chapter … and indeed, another book completed. With next week being an assignment week (that’s come round again quickly), it means I’m now half-way through the course. Yay!
Young consumers was an interesting chapter to end the section on identity with. While I found it quite tough going in places (too much name dropping and not enough explanation in places rather like a couple of earlier chapters on the course), the section relating consumption to three theories of identity (Erikson, Tajfel and social constructionism) was very well done and would seem to give some real meat for writing an essay in the exam should the topic come up.
TMA04 next. I’ve already started by reading and re-reading the assignment brief (it’s long and fairly complex) as well as digging out the report template that I used on my previous two OU psychology courses. I’ve even started annotating the transcript of the two interviews we have to listen to and analyse.
Unlike essay questions, I’m pretty confident about how long it will take me to do it as the process is rather more mechanical. However, I don’t believe for a moment the OU estimate of 11 hours is anything like correct for me. Somewhere between 15 and 20 hours for the pace at which I write and think will probably be closer to the mark.
I’m also going to be taking a peek at book 3 this week as well, but I’ve decided not to worry about the seen question on book 4 until I get through TMA04 and 05 at the earliest and I may even follow the course calendar and not even look at it until after TMA06! I promise to confess here if I do get tempted to skip ahead though. With the seen question being worth 1/3rd of the marks on the final exam it is a real temptation to spend even more time on it than the course calendar suggests is necessary.