The Streets of Shields

Ref: C2522992

The course is a friendly and informal group. Each term a local area or subject of interest is chosen and from this each learner selects a place, topic, building etc to research and write about. To gather information they will use their own local knowledge, local peoples' memories, information available from local newspapers and the local studies department located at The Word. Group members help each other where ever they can, sharing their strengths.

Course aim

The course provides a friendly environment for anyone interested in researching and writing about aspects of their personal history or aspects of their home town. You will choose a local area and research and write about it for inclusion in a group project ie display, booklet, video etc.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Researching why changes take place and the effect those changes have on a community. Identify a range of source material used in the study of local history. Evaluate original source material in its context. Think about local history and the photographs used to tell the history the place we live in. Develop decision making and evaluating skills. Develop interview skills.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Research why changes take place and the effect those changes have on a community. 2. Identify a range of source material used in the study of local history. 3. Develop decision making and evaluating skills. 4. Develop interview skills.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbal and written feedback will be provided by the tutor. Constructive feedback from fellow learners.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Nothing is essential, but a file, poly pockets, pen, paper would be helpful. Learners are encouraged to bring personal artifacts, documents, photos along to sessions, which they are welling to share to help understand the local history of South Shields.

Reading and information sources

No prior preparation is necessary.

What could the course lead to?

Writing Group Life Story Group

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The Streets of Shields Course Outline

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This course is not available for online enrolment.

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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