Adventurous Women Travellers

Ref: C2224286

Using extracts from their published work, private letters and images, we study the life and work of a selected group of Adventurous Women Travellers from across the centuries. Each week we consider a different traveller, ranging from 4th century Egeria through 17th century Celia Fiennes to 20th century Freya Stark. During each session, we will consider the life and times of these women, what inspired them to travel and how their travels influenced contemporary society and, in some cases, modern-day society. At the final session, students will have the opportunity to nominate an Adventurous Women Traveller of their own.

Course aim

To identify the traits and characteristics of various Adventurous Women Travellers by studying their life, their travels and their work and to compare their influence on both contemporary and modern-day society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Identify the essential criteria that define an Adventurous Woman Traveller.
  • List five of the adventurous women travellers discussed during the course and explain how their work influenced contemporary society.
  • Explain how the changing role of women in society may have prompted some to become adventurous travellers.
  • Choose an adventurous woman traveller of your own for the final session.

How will I be taught?

  • 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?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Adventurous Women Travellers


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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