You might remember that I am sharing with you my continuing attempt to get an Open University BA degree in Humanities? I mean I know you all have busy lives and now Christmas is looming to take up any slack that you may have had, but come on - let me talk about it here. I can't really discuss my marks on the OU students' forum; it's not the done thing to actually say what percentage your monthly marked assignments are receiving.
Last month I was quite pleased with my result and was not very optimistic about how I would do with the second assignment - the 'compare and contrast Napoleonic portrait' one and how his portraits helped legitimise his political regime. Well I just received my mark and I got 82% for it which, quite frankly, really surprised me. I didn't think it was very good but it just goes to prove that you can't really judge your own work.
One thing that happened after I blogged about my two previous essays - putting the questions in full here - was that I could see from my blog tracker how many people ended up on my blog by doing a search for the OU essay question. How disappointed they must (well, might anyway) have been to just find a fellow student and not an idea that might help them with their studies. Some of them even ended up here on the day the essay was due in - talk about last minute panic googling.
So, just to be a bit silly, - and also because some of you might be interested - I'm going to put the next assignment that I am currently working on - and which has to be submitted at the beginning of January:
What did William Wilberforce mean by 'real Christianity' and how did this affect his social and political thinking?
It's not the most exciting study block I've ever had and of course the thing that people always think about Wilberforce is his connection with the anti-slavery movement. It was a lovely surprise, however, to find out that he was also behind the RSPCA movement. So, altogether, a 'good egg' in my book.