Joan of Arc: Soldier, Sorceress or Saint? The Reality behind the Myths

Ref: C2339457

Between 1428 and 1430, a teenage peasant who dressed as a knight convinced most she met that the English could be driven from France. Though burnt at the stake, this talk assesses her achievements, failures and legacy as an enduring icon of French identity and universal symbol of female courage.

Course aim

Given an uneducated farm girl became one, if not the most depicted women in history, this talk assesses who Joan of Arc really was, what she achieved and why.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand the political background to her mission
  • Identify her main objectives as set by her 'voices'
  • Explain why she was ultimately listened to
  • Assess her achievements and failures
  • Discuss how her legacy as a woman of action and reflection has been utilised

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Students could further develop their critical thinking skills and an understanding of other societies’ cultures and attitudes towards women past and present.

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Joan of Arc: Soldier, Sorceress or Saint? The Reality behind the Myths 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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