Society and Culture in Medieval East Anglia

Ref: C2224355

This course explores the diverse society of medieval East Anglia and the rich culture which was an important part of that society. We will discuss East Anglia's urban centres- Norwich, Ipswich, Colchester- its power-players such as Bury St Edmunds Abbey, and the strong-minded women who played a vital role in East Anglian society. We will also consider East Anglia's medieval culture- the cloth trade, the heritage of the parish churches, the written word and the many forms of art produced in the region.

Course aim

To explore the diverse society of medieval East Anglia and the rich culture which was an important part of that society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss the history, society and culture of medieval East Anglia.
  • Consider the power structure and social hierarchy of medieval East Anglia
  • Evaluate the role of women within the society of medieval East Anglia.
  • Evaluate the importance of trade to medieval East Anglia.
  • Discuss the rich heritage of art, architecture and writing of medieval East Anglia.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • An Historical Atlas of Suffolk, David Dymond & Edward Martin Five Centuries of an English Parish Church, David Dymond & Clive Paine Stories in Stone, Martial Rose & Julia Hedgecoe Inward Purity and Outward Splendour, Judith Middleton-Stewart

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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