Rituals, Romans, Ruffians

Ref: C2224561

People are fascinated by Stonehenge and other prehistoric monuments - how can we find out what they were for? We'll look at some interpretations and try to make sense of these sites thought to have ritual significance. Roman Britain has been well documented because they left durable buildings - but what about 'un-Roman' Britain? Their culture was far more durable and even managed to prevent incursions by Saxons in post Roman Britain. Was poverty and sickness a sympton of moral malaise or poor government? How were the poor and sick treated by society and how can archaeologists find evidence of lower class setlements?

Course aim

This course introduces students to three different types of archaeological investigation: prehistoric ritual/sacred sites, the impact of Roman rule, and how were 'ruffians' (the poor and sick) treated.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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 - Students will be given handouts to support their learning but will be expected to read round the subject during the week.

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?

- 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, do or bring?

- All materials will be provided - Students will need to bring paper and pens etc. if they wish to make notes.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading or pre course work is required

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/ - Students may wish to undertake further study at a college or university. There may be opportunities to join archaeology clubs, go on digs etc.

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Rituals, Romans, Ruffians 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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