DD307 Consolidation Weekend
DD307 can be a very challenging course for students as in many ways it is rather different to other psychology modules you have studied. The focus of DD307 is on critical thinking rather than just understanding the content of the theories and research studies. The module presents four perspectives within contemporary social psychology and their associated methodologies, looking at how they deal with the various topics. It provides you with the tools for critical analysis of social psychological ideas and methods and, in addition to general evaluation, introduces four interrogative themes by which to analyse the four perspectives. It is crucial to get to grips with these ideas early in the course to allow you to evaluate appropriately in your assignments. In the past many other OU courses included summer residential schools at the halfway point and these helped enormously to bring together all the information and thus enhance understanding. However, this is not offered on DD307.
The OUPS Consolidation and Inspiration Weekend aims to fill this gap by offering you a residential weekend where you can focus totally on DD307. It will help you fully understand critical evaluation and how it can be applied to the various social psychological topics in the module. Once you have a grasp of this you will be able to enjoy working through the remaining topics such as prejudice, conflict and embodiment in a much more confident way. The weekend will provide you with the understanding and skills that are necessary to move forward in the module at this midway stage. Gaining this fuller understanding should provide a more coherent foundation for writing high quality TMAs. The weekend will give you a solid grounding in critical thinking and how to use the associated tools at an appropriate stage of the module, leaving you free to revise effectively and efficiently when exam time comes.
Don't leave it until revision time to fully understand the module! Mastering these critical thinking skills early on and gaining insight into the material will help you with your TMAs and give you a good foundation for when you start your revision, making your revision so much easier. At approximately the halfway point of the module it is the ideal time to start looking at how the whole course fits together. many students have said that this weekend helps them suddenly understand what the course is all about as it all clicks into place.
What does the weekend offer?
What is on offer is a weekend of discussions, seminars and lectures which provide a broad look at the topics covered on the module including conceptual overviews, the identification of major themes and links, critical thinking skills and generally pulling the course together and bringing it to life. The weekend offers a full programme of eight talks, running from Friday evening (registration from 3pm; dinner at 6pm and evening lecture at 8pm), until Sunday tea time (last lecture finishes at 3.00pm) As well as covering course related topics and study skills, the sessions also allow the opportunity of acquiring a better understanding and overview of the course as a whole and discussing any difficulties with the tutors. In addition it is a chance to meet up with other students studying your course.
Topics to be covered will include:
- Introduction to the course
- Discursive approach
- Social Psychoanalytical approach
- Phenomenological approach
- Cognitive Social approach
- Assessment: TMAs, project and exam
- Group Processes and Prejudice
- Qualitative Research
Extensive handouts will be given on each of these lectures. These handouts are only available to those attending the weekend.
The weekend represents excellent value for money. The accommodation is in management conference facilities with ensuite bedrooms. The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, eight lectures and a welcome drink on Friday night. Non residential places are available for a reduced price, all meals are still included.
The final programme for this event is available here: Timetable DD307 January 2017.pdf
What to expect
The lectures are conducted in management conference seminar rooms within the University campus, and you will have been provided with a timetable of talks and lecture notes before you arrive.
You can choose how you spend your time. If you book the residential package then you will have a very comfortable ensuite room in management conference facilities complete with bedding, towels, a hairdryer, coffee-making facilities and desk. Wifi is also included. The training centre has a small exercise room within the building and you also have complimentary access to the gym and pool on campus, so if you do want to relax then there is the option to do so.
The cost is inclusive of all meals, including Friday night and Saturday night dinner. There are no extra costs involved (except for drinks at the bar!). As well as your room and all meals this includes refreshments at break times, extensive handouts which are only available to attendees, revision of key course material, advice on revision techniques and assessments, welcome drink on Friday night. Non-residential places are available for a reduction, all meals are still included.
The welcome drinks and psychology book stall are both excellent places to meet other students. All students and staff wear name badges, so it is easy to find somebody to help if you have any questions. You can enjoy your meals with a group of students in the comfortable dining room. The food is fresh, healthy buffet style catering, and there is something to entice everyone.
Finally, whilst most students leave exhausted from the learning and socialising, they comment that it is such a worthwhile weekend, and we see many of them each year as they progress their studies!
The two tutors taking this course have a huge amount of experience and are expert in delivering the information in a straightforward way. Together they bring a range of experience and expertise
- Dr Babak Fozooni works as a tutor at the Open University. He is a critical psychologist specialising in social, developmental and political psychology. He has obtained six degrees and has written on topics ranging from discourse analysis and crowd psychology to cinema and sport. His latest work is a book entitled, ‘What is Critical Social Research? Volume I’ (FastPrint Publishers, 2012).
- Phil Hulme is from region 07 in Yorkshire, has been a tutor on DD307 since its introduction and also tutored on its predecessor D317. He is also an experienced and current exam marker hence able to offer a view from an examiner’s perspective. Phil can also provide invaluable insights into approaches to answering exam questions, particularly what catches the eye and crucially attracts the higher grades.
“This has been a great weekend and has really pulled the course together for me.”
“Invaluable to my general confidence with the course.”
“Good level of enthusiasm & knowledge in all tutors - very open and friendly”
“Tutors fantastic - really brought topics to life. Very approachable.”
‘Fantastic! Consolidated the course for me – it did what it said – I feel inspired again!’
‘Delivered fascinating viewpoints on subjects I previously thought banal!’
‘An amazing lecturer who obviously loves his field’
‘So engaging – brought the textbooks to life’
The weekend takes place at Radcliffe Conference and Training Centre, University of Warwick. Both accommodation and lectures are located in the same building unless you have been informed otherwise.
Warwick is an award winning conference venue with excellent facilities. Access to the sports facilities, including the swimming pool, are included in the price. The university's central location with excellent transport links makes it easily accessible from all over the UK and Europe. There is ample free car parking.
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Travel and directions
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