100 Years: Women Writing and Voting

Ref: C3125924

This course explores the history of women getting the vote in 1918. It covers the main events of the Suffrage campaign, and lives of the main leaders who led the Suffragists and Suffragettes in the UK. There will be comparisons with the lives of women today from several different angles. Through written responses to the research and practical exercises we will create a performance to be presented in the Summer of 2018 at events in the West Midlands celebrating women getting the vote.

Course aim

To research the history of womens suffrage and devise a performance to celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote.

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:

  • To write your own responses to how women got the vote
  • To have presentation and drama skills in order to present your work and perform.
  • To take part in a performance celebrating 100 years of women getting the vote/ support performers backstage.
  • To compare your own life to that of Suffragists and Suffragettes

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 able to create part of your own costume, create a collage, and be encouraged to carry out research between classes.

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
  • Creating a performance from scratch along with other students. Backstage skills will be taught for those who prefer not to perform.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Notebook and pen would be useful

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/

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100 Years: Women Writing and Voting


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  • 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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