Perspectives on Pakistan

Ref: C2224579

Pakistan is both an old and a new country. Its people are hospitable yet sometimes wary of outsiders. We shall explore some fascinating contradictions of this little understood nation, including its place in a very diverse region and the historic cultural influences of its neighbours on north-west India. The arrival of the British brought new changes and we follow the process of Partition - the events that led to it and the circumstances in which it came about - before reviewing Pakistan's progress in the aftermath. The achievements of some artists (men and women) and those involved in sports are considered, followed by the story of Malala Yousufzai who has gained international recognition through her campaigning for girls' education. Finally, we ask what it is like to live and work in Pakistan in the 21st century, arriving at some humorous as well as more challenging conclusions.

Course aim

We look at the ancient land that has been called Pakistan since 1947, focusing on those who have lived there in the last 5,000 years and those itinerants whose influence has endured.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • It is assumed that most students will have little or no direct experience of Pakistan, but that they are enthusiastic armchair travellers or intrepid explorers.

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

  • Describe Pakistan's geographical location as well as some physical and other characteristics of the country.
  • State the main features of early civilisation in north-west India and the phases of religious belief in this part of the world.
  • Discuss the colonisation of north-west India by the British and their objectives.
  • Talk about the events leading to the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, as well as its aftermath.
  • Show an awareness of cultural developments (especially in the arts and sports) in Pakistan in modern times.

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Confirmation at the mid-point of the course that you are making some (or much) progress, or otherwise. A note about your progress at the end of the course will be provided on the Student Learning Record, with suggestions for further research.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Hand-outs will be provided, but bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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Perspectives on Pakistan


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