Day School: Birth of the Blues

Ref: C2224975

This course will challenge the traditional story of the birth of the Blues and relate it to an analysis of the social and economic circumstances of the Deep South in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. The general perception of early Blues artists, fuelled by later generations of white Blues guitarists, is one of the black man playing a battered guitar on the back porch, unemployed and glad only to be recently free of slavery's yoke, penniless and singing his unhappiness to the cotton field. The course will question that perception. What is the truth, how was the music affected by events in America and how did one of the greatest music genres achieve global significance?

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee available from 9.30am

Course aim

The course aims to provide a critical re-appraisal of received wisdom concerning the origin of the Blues, and poses the question: social deprivation or commercial opportunity?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess change and continuity in historical processes.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess cultural values held by various groups in different societies at different points in the past.
  • Apply critical thinking skills to assess issues concerning diversity, both contemporary and historical.
  • To develop a critical faculty when listening to commercially produced music and to be aware of, and challenge, accepted norms concerning gender stereotyping.

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

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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Day School: Birth of the Blues

Conditions

You can 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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