Charles Dickens

Ref: C2224341

This course will introduce students to the life and writings of Charles Dickens. We will start by considering biographical options, in order to explore ways in which Dickens’ life experiences feed into the themes of his novels. I will focus upon two novels chosen by Members: A Tale of Two Cities (1859) a historical novel set against the terrifying background of the French Revolution and Great Expectations (1860-1), with its concerns about identity and ways in which the past impacts upon the present, a fierce critique of the prison system and about money, snobbery and social status.

Course aim

This course is for readers with an interest in 19th C literature, especially the novels and other writings of Charles Dickens

Who is the course for?

- This course is suitable for beginners and improvers - This course is for readers with an interest in 19th C literature, especially the novels and other writings of Charles Dickens

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - Main teaching method will be group discussion, interwoven with relevant information and ideas provided by the tutor. Additional work will be reading ahead of each class, in order to gain maximum benefit from the sessions.

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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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

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

- It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.) - It will be desirable to have read (or dipped into) suggested biographies of Charles Dickens. Copies of the two chosen novels, ideally the edition selected by the tutor.

Reading and information sources

- It will be desirable to have read (or dipped into) suggested biographies of Charles Dickens. Copies of the two chosen novels, ideally the edition selected by the tutor.

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Charles Dickens 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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