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Studying the arts and humanities
This unit is an introduction to studying the arts and humanities. It takes you through...
This unit is an introduction to studying the arts and humanities. It takes you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance and improve your confidence as an independent learner.
By the end of this free course you should have:
- A clearer perspective on why you might like to study the arts and humanities.
- An awareness of the basic skills and techniques required for studying at a distance.
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Studying the arts and humanities
- Current section: 2 Reasons for choosing to study the arts
- 3 Hopes and expectations about study
- 4 Concerns about study
- 5 Studying the arts, expectations and concerns
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2 Reasons for choosing to study the arts
Why have you chosen this unit?
Please jot down your reasons for choosing this unit, either in your notebook or in the unit Forum. We suggest you list six points, but it doesn't matter if you record less than six reasons or whether you want to write more. Remember, there are no wrong or right answers here!
It doesn't matter if you wrote down six reasons or whether you listed more, but we hope that you wrote something. This may seem a small point, but it is important. Learning on your own – without being able to question, or discuss, ideas with others – is a technique that has to be learned; and perhaps the first step towards this is to practise being active in the learning process. Distance-learning resources are normally written in ways to encourage you to develop as an independent, reflective learner. One of the ways in which this is done is by asking you, the learner, to note down your responses to questions posed in the text.
So, now let us return to your reasons for choosing this unit. First, though, you may like to know of some of the reasons given by learners registered with the OU to study the arts and humanities:
I was good at English and history at school. I think I'll enjoy studying them further.
I never did all I could at school and I wasted my time. Now that I have a chance to do some study I want to take it.
I've spent some years doing a job which does not particularly interest me, and I need some kind of intellectual challenge. I want to meet other students, too.
I have always promised myself that I would find out what arts subjects are all about, and now I have the time.
How do these reasons compare with the ones you wrote down? If they make you want to add to your own list, please do so. We want you to end up with a list of no more than six reasons that begin to identify why you have chosen to study the arts. Once you have your list, please go on to the next exercise
This is an extract from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free History & The Arts courses or view the range of currently available OU History & The Arts courses.
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Originally published: Thursday, 20th February 2014
Last updated on: Thursday, 20th February 2014
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