The Vikings

Ref: C3840340

The Viking Age lasted from 800-1100 and in that time these intrepid mariners sailed to Constantinople, Normandy and the Mediterranean as well as Iceland, Greenland and America. This course examines the society and beliefs of the Vikings and examines the explorations and legacy of these Norse adventurers.

Additional information about this course

Course Synopsis - The Viking Age lasted from 800-1100 and in that time these intrepid mariners sailed to Constantinople in the east, Normandy and the Mediterranean in the south and Iceland, Greenland and America in the west. This course examines the society and beliefs as well as the explorations of these Norse adventurers.

Course aim

To introduce the society and beliefs of the Vikings and provide an account of their explorations in the period 800-1100

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

1. Viking Society 2. The Vikings gods. Viking adventurers in the east 3. The Viking goddesses. Viking adventurers in the south 4. Creation myths. Viking adventurers in the west 5. Ragnarok. The end of the Viking Age

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. Identify up to 4 distinctive features of Viking Society 2. Distinguish between the various gods and goddesses of the Viking pantheon 3. Read and critically reflect upon a selection of Viking Age texts in translation

How will I know I'm making progress?

Oral feed back from the tutor along with the completed WEA Learning Outcomes sheets

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

Full notes will be provided

Reading and information sources

Not essential but any introductory book on either Viking history or Viking beliefs will be useful

What could the course lead to?

A new course in September will focus specifically on the years 800-1100 in Britain including the impact of the Vikings on these islands

Download full course outline

The Vikings Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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