Autobiography: Fact and Fiction

Ref: C2419133

This unique course will explore the interaction and overlap between autobiography and fiction.The first term will focus on seminal works by Tolstoy, Remarque and Sassoon. Everyone is welcome.

Course aim

This unique course will explore the interaction and overlap between autobiography and fiction.The first term will focus on seminal works by Tolstoy, Remarque and Sassoon.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • All that is required is a love of reading and a curiosity to explore ideas.

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

  • I will appreciate how autobiography and fiction overlap
  • I will have read (or re-read) three great works and analysed them in class
  • I will have interacted with a group in small groups or as a class
  • I will have the confidence to share and question ideas
  • I will have enjoyed the course and made new friends

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • - Childhood, Boyhood and Youth - Tolstoy (Penguin classics, translated by Judson Rosengrant) - All Quiet on the Western Front - Remarque (Vintage, translated by Brian Murdoch) - Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man - Sassoon

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
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

Autobiography: Fact and Fiction 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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