History - The Mediterranean

Ref: C2339054

For four thousand years the Mediterranean has been the focal point of civilisations and rival empires, the cradle of trading interests, of cultural divides, and of bitter ward of religion. This course will look at the history and cultures of the Mediterranean and cover the periods of greatest activity as well as those when it played little or no part in the activities of the major European powers. The course will look at the part played by the peoples of the Mediterranean area over the past three millennia, the extent to which it was the centre of trade and empire, and its place as an area of conflict between different civilisations and religions. It will examine the way in which it has become a frontier between two continents and the part it plays in contemporary politics.

Course aim

The course aims at discussing the significance of a geographical area which was at differing times a seat of empire and the centre of bitter conflict.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Everyone is welcome and no previous knowledge assumed.

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

  • By the end of the course learners should be able to: Identify the continuing relationship between geography, history, and current politics
  • Appreciate the extent to which the countries bordering the Mediterranean have common problems
  • Put into context the current socio-economic issues of the area

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
  • A mixture of lecturing, informal discussion, and question and answer. Distribution of handouts and bibliographies as required and relevant.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Questions and answers based upon the individual class topic; observation of the range of questions and topics raised by members of the class during each session. By formal review documents: ILPs, and Tell Us About It and Course Review.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Perhaps a note-book and a folder for handouts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • The tutor will distribute suggestions for further reading during the course.

What can I do next?

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

Download full course outline

History - The Mediterranean 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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