I know it’s not really my first week on either of these courses, but with the official start dates for both DD307 and SD226 behind me, I can feel the clock ticking towards the DD307 exam and the SD226 ECA. Or whatever it’s now officially called. Even after four years I can’t keep on top of all of the OU acronyms and abbreviations and their changes; I know that both DD307 and SD226 are now modules, yet I’ve already called them courses in this post.
Progress on DD307 is good, I think. I have a fairly reasonable effort at TMA01 in the bag (this weekend’s task will be to re-write it a bit and then forget about it until closer to the submission date) and I’m at last starting to make some real progress on SD226 as well. I’m avoiding the course forums on SD226 though (but the tutor group one seems ok at the moment) as they’re just far too frantic to make any real sense of. The DD307 one is a bit more measured at the moment (perhaps surprisingly, given the passions the course seems to arouse in so many) so maybe that’s where I’ll spend most of my time hanging out this year. Oddly enough, even with me having a scientific and mathematical background, I’m enjoying DD307 much more than SD226 so far.
Maybe something will click for me on SD226 eventually – it’s just that compared to the topics being discussed in the social psychology course (Families! Emotion! Embodiment! Fundamental Attribution Error!) information about neurons and receptors and nervous systems seems to be rather low-stakes stuff to be honest. And just a teeny weeny bit dull, too.
I’ve now managed to complete my notes on the DD307 emotion chapter. This has probably been my favourite chapter on the whole of my OU journey to date – partly because the topic and the debates are interesting in their own right but mostly because of the style the chapter is written in. I wish I could write like that. Take a bow, Brian Parkinson of the University of Oxford. I’m in love with this chapter so much I can hardly bear to move on to “Self”, but I fear that I must.