Leading Men Part 1

Ref: C2337940

Through study of the novels, Silas Marner by George Eliot,( written in 1861) and Harvest by Jim Crace, Eyrie by Tim Winton and Golden Hill by Francis Spufford ( all modern authors) we will study and evaluate authors' explorations of men's lives in very different times and countries : England in the 18th century,and in the middle ages, 21st century Australia and 18th century America. Men are shown trying to lead meaningful lives even when the world seems to be against them, with unpredictable, sometimes hilarious consequences..

Course aim

To read, discuss appreciate and enjoy a range of novels about the lives and aspirations of men, in the past and the present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Reading the chosen texts is an essential part of the course.

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

  • analyse authors' creation of character
  • assess how effectively landscape and setting are evoked
  • identify and analyse themes and ideas
  • describe and support personal response to the texts.

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
  • You will be expected to read the texts to be studied in advance , and in the order stated.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of each text. Additional poetry and prose extracts will be provided by the tutor.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Pre-reading of the first novel on the list

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Leading Men Part 1


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