Sunday, March 06, 2011

Yorkshiresoul - student

Well hopefully, if the Open University accept me for a Summer start, I will be a degree student this year.  I'm going to try a starter course which might eventually work towards a BA (Hons) in Humanities with English Literature, Art, History and perhaps some politics and religious studies.  The OU allows you you build your own degree, so long as you fulfill the points learning requirements at each level, which means you can take take a degree that can be either highly specialised, or broader and more general.  I have a wide range of interests across language, literature, history and religion so I think a more mix and match degree would suit me.

I am going to try and start in June, right in the middle of the busy Summer season I know, but my thinking is that if I cannot cope with the workload of the Openings course Making Sense Of The Arts while I am also busy at work, as there is an option to take the course over Winter, then I won't be able to do the longer courses which all run through the Summer, so, we'll see.

The first part of the course is a study of Wilfred Owen's poem Anthem For Doomed Youth, then the module moves on to study art and poetry in popular protest, art criticism and the Turner Prize, and lastly art and protest in the Suffragette movement, it all sounds really interesting.

"What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries for them; no prayers nor bells,
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, -
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds." - Wilfred Owen, 1893-1918

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, well done with signing up. I keep thinking about doing more OU courses, I really enjoyed my experience of them back before my job went travel crazy. Your course sounds really interesting. - Alex :)