The Secret Life of Bees: Reading & Research Group

Ref: C3840257

This course will comprise of informal 2-hour meetings where we will discuss the book, the themes within it and the true-life historical events that are mentioned. Students will also spend some of the class time doing independent research into these themes.

Additional information about this course

Come along on Wednesday evenings and join a friendly reading group. We will be reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and discussing the themes that emerge as we progress through the chapters.

Course aim

The purpose of the course is to read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd and explore the themes and events that run through it.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover topics such as racism/prejudice and race relations in the U.S.A., the power of female community, and spirituality. There will be an opportunity to research and comment on the historical themes and events that are in the book.

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. Look for and identify themes within the novel: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. 2. Discuss the emerging themes and character portrayal within the novel. 3. Conduct independent research relating to themes and ideas identified within the novel.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will know that they are making progress through verbal feedback which will be delivered in both a group and one to one setting.

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

Students should bring with them a notepad and pen to take notes. Students may wish to purchase a copy of The Secret Life of Bees prior to the course, although we will have a limited number of copies available to lend to course participants.

Reading and information sources

No prior reading is essential as students will begin reading the book when the course begins.

What could the course lead to?

The course could lead to other reading or literature courses where a book will be studied. Students may also choose to enrol on courses that explore history and historical events.

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The Secret Life of Bees: Reading & Research Group Course Outline

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