Books and Crooks

Ref: C2338811

The course will explore the history and evolving conventions of crime fiction. This is one of the most popular (and diverse) kinds of fiction today. Why is it so popular? How has it changed down the years? Who are the most inventive authors? These are some of the questions we will address in this entertaining course. And there will be plenty of opportunities for you to share your enthusiasms!

Course aim

Crime fiction has never been more popular. The course will look at the history the genre and encourage learners to share their enthusiasms

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Be able to outline the history of the crime genre.
  • Be able to discuss differences of approach of a number of writers.
  • Ruminate on why crime fiction should be so popular.
  • Be able to discuss theconventions of crime fiction
  • Know where to find further information about the genre.

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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

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Books and Crooks


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