What the Dickens

Ref: C2342495

Dickens is one of the great Englsh writers and in his books and journalism he dealt with a variety of themes and topics which show the extraordinarily comprehensive knowledge of Victorian England he possessed. We will be examining Dickens' attitudes towards and exploration of education, crime, politics and politicians, women and other topics. The course will enrich your undertsanding of this fasciating novelist and, it is to be hoped, will make you want to read or re-read some of his marvellous books!

Course aim

This course aims to provide an informative and enjoyable introduction to the great novelist. It will provide students with thye ability to identify, enjoy and understand a number of characteristic Dickensian themes

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explore some of the ways in which Dickens deals with crime, education, society and London in his novels and other writings
  • Investigate how Dickens’ created a very potent and influential sense of Christmas and its celebration
  • Discuss Dickens' humour
  • Explore Dickens' character and how it impinged on his work

How will I be taught?

  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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What the Dickens

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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