Weeks 15-16, Top-down or bottom-up? & Governing weapons proliferation

I’ve been asked before just what the format and structure of study is like with the Open University. I’ve decided to create this post and make it (nearly) entirely Open University based. I’ve attached some images in the slide show below, and I hope that it assists with giving a picture of what I do (or should be doing every week πŸ™‚ ).

My study planner for this Week highlights that I should be at “Week 16 – Governing weapons proliferation“. Which I’ve just finished!

Each week usually has a chapter from the OU module materials, that must be read along with activities in the book and online. Further reading sources are provided every week, and it’s expected that 6 hours every week should be allocated to this. I also try to read a chapter from my outside text “The Globalization of World Politics“.

I’ve tried to keep it relatively brief here. I could go on and on and make this essayish but I figure anyone interested would lose interest! Audio and video material is provided online nearly each week too. Attendance in face-to-face tutorials isn’t required but recommended. I think I’ve missed about one or two during my whole degree. As you progress to level 3. Tutorials are few and far between.

That’s it for now. I have a more exciting post coming up in the next few days, I’m still on a high from the news I received and can’t wait to share it with my readers. I can’t wait! Just am so excited πŸ™‚

As I was typing this I was listening to Loick Essien – Number One πŸ˜€

Have a good week all!

TMA 2 just needs submitting then Christmas is here :)

Christmas Bells

Hope your having a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas πŸ™‚

I’ve completed TMA 2. Found it a challenge. Had a extension. It’s been rushed but being checked for grammar now! I’m now just waiting for Christmas and to be honest I can’t wait. I really, really must give myself more time for TMA 3. And I should not stress about not having a girlfriend (no time for one) or just sit around and procrastinate, hahah!!

One more day left of work then its Christmas Day.


Updated 26/12/2012: Has this saved but not published. Christmas Day has come and gone. Food all in my belly for another year! Can’t wait for things to get back to normal.

Start going to the gym again but I’m not too keen on getting down to study though. Submitted my essay on the 23rd, I was given a three day extension. Could have done better really. Next essay is getting started early. I know I said that about the last TMA, but I really need to!

Next book to read is all about Ethics (Book 3). The study planner says I should start on the 29th. Will try to start a little earlier πŸ™‚

Hope everyone has had a good Christmas Day and hope you all have a happy New Year πŸ™‚

Barely Breathing!

Book number 2 - The philosophy of religion

The Philosophy of Religion – TrΓ¨s difficile πŸ™

Don’t worry though it’s just a cold I got (I don’t often have them) and its not that bad.

I’ve still been around. Just not got around to posting much. Enjoying Exploring Philosophy but finding the module a real drag. The first essay was probably the worst piece of work I have ever submitted and was under the word count. Still I’m looking ahead to improve on the second. The second book is the Philosophy of Religion. I’m struggling mostly with the concept of putting an ‘I’ in an essay and forming arguments in philosophy more then before.

This module is gonna be a real struggle. I knew it anyway. My brain just doesn’t function the way a philosophers would. Yet, I’ll try. I need this module. It compulsary πŸ™

Had my tutorial at the London School of Economics again yesterday. I think more of these sessions are needed its the discussion factor I am lacking. I don’t get to talk to anyone about the arguments or philosophy which you do need. That’s my one criticism. Overall, I feel negative about the whole module today. I just wanna get it out the way and onto Politics and Economics.

Outside the degree a bit..

I’m going to begin saving for a new car soon (woop). Ages before I can get one though. There were plenty of things I wanted to say, however when I opened up to start writing I forgot everything. Ah well.

Btw, For those wondering what module and degree I’m doing and where etc. I am aiming to achieve a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. You can find out more about my current module here.

The blog is running on a new superduper betterer server πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜›
All high speed and stuff. Much better.

Peace all. My twitter thing on the left no longer works. I’ll get it fixed soon but you can see my instagrams πŸ™‚

TMA 7 of DD101 gone.. and some new updates!

Politics and Philosophy books

Well, I just hurriedly sent off my last assignment for DD101 my first open university module. Happy to get it out the way. Feels like I just sent a heap of junk in though!

I went to a Language taster evening at the open university’s centre in Camden on Wednesday. I actually surprised myself with how much French I actually remembered!! Anyway the real eye catcher was the lovely girl opposite me and we kept stealing glances. She spoke perfect French as her grandmother was French. Very attractive!

I’m now fully registered up for A222 and officially started my next module exploring philosophy. I’m holding off on doing two modules as I really don’t want to overload myself especially as philosophy requires a clear mind!

I love Camden town and there are always so many things going on and pretty ladies.
The atmosphere and vibe is amazing, when I’m not sprinting to uni! I need to spend more time there πŸ˜€

I plan on joining the gym on payday too and actually going. So lookout for a fitter mixedmatt! Also in the not to distant future I hope to get my feet back into a go-kart again… When I have the time and funds. Hope all my faithful readers are fine…

Love you all πŸ™‚

Reading Chapter 7 (Governing problems) then Western Philosophy

Western Philosophy - An Anthology

I’m reading Western Philosophy – By John Cottingham

I’m now back on track on week 27 of my course. Reading chapter 7 out of my module materials (Governing problems). I’m going to do everything I can to keep up and not fall behind till the end πŸ™‚

I’ve started reading the Western Philosophy book I ordered from Amazon. It’s really thick and seems like it will require heaps of concentration. I’m going to read some of it later I hope. I really can’t afford to fall behind with two modules, with one it’s really tricky catching up let alone two! I really like some of the quotes though. Really want to read it more but need to find some time.

I bought a new watch and it arrived last week. Had to have a few links removed at G.Mantella in Enfield Town. It’s real shiny though. Might take a piccy πŸ˜‰

Last week I downloaded John Lennon’s Discography. Mainly just because I wanted to hear imagine because it sounded amazing at the closing ceremony. I’ve developed a new enthusiasm for his music. It was already there (a friend in Argentina shes a big fan) but I didn’t take that much notice.

Anyway, I look forward to getting week 27 out the way so I can move on with closing out my module and I need to stay ahead or with the weeks at least πŸ˜›

No progress on TMA 6 today

Was ready to attack the essay yesterday. Not today!!

Was ready to attack the essay yesterday. Not today!!!

Today I done nothing except go to work and eat. Pretty much it really. So frustrated really. Just frustrated with everything. Don’t know why really. I do I guess but don’t want it broadcast everywhere. Maybe I need to stop being so frustrated?
Who knows πŸ™

I’ve been really busy, if it’s not work. It’s the assignments. I’m trying to fix my laptop too. Been broken for about a year. Think it’s the backlight inverter.

Don’t know why but I’m pretty down. Can’t explain it. Guess its just one of those things πŸ™ πŸ™ πŸ™

Things will turn around soon.

Nearly finished with my first module

Yup, that’s right. I’m getting closer. Been writing up TMA 6 scared it’s waffle though! I’m desperate to reach my own targets which I set myself each time for the next TMA πŸ™‚

I’ve been amazed by the Olympics. The opening ceremony, the events and just how amazingly well team GB has been doing! Its hard to concentrate on anything else. It’s hard to keep up with blogging too.

I’m ready to start two new modules over the next two months DD203 power, dissent, equality and protest and AA303 Exploring Philosophy. Ive ordered a book on western philosophy from Amazon that’s recommended for the course. Its taken two days to dispatch must be the new policy with their free delivery. In the past the free delivery rivalled first class! :p

Can’t wait to see the modules go. It will be sooooo hard fitting the time in. I struggle now and I’m lazy. Let alone with two level 2 modules. I’ll post a photo when I get my book and read the intro. Maybe you’ll see it on my instragrams.

I’ve wrote this using my iPhone WordPress app so apologies for any typos πŸ™‚

Take care readers. Enjoy the Olympics the soon to be Paralympics and/or whatever else your doing!