The Early 1970s

Ref: C3528457

From the feminist movement to the New Hollywood, the early 1970s were a time of enormous social and artistic change. Bloody Sunday and Watergate changed politics, and the Vietnam War came to an end. This course examines all of these developments, with a special focus on the literature and social history of the period. Includes a case study of Seamus Heaney's poetry. Set Texts: Margaret Atwood "Surfacing"; Peter Shaffer "Equus"; Peter Benchley “Jaws”.

Course aim

To explore the links between literature and social history. We will read a text closely; be it poem, novel, film or painting. We will then examine its literary and historical context.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - Must be able to read English.

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 - People will be expected to keep up with the reading and to contribute in class discussions (if they wish to do so). Feedback will be informal; there will be no formal tests or exams.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- Set Texts: Margaret Atwood “Surfacing”; Peter Schaffer “Equus”; Peter Benchley “Jaws”.

Reading and information sources

- Set Texts: Margaret Atwood “Surfacing”; Peter Schaffer “Equus”; Peter Benchley “Jaws”.

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - There will be a "Late 1970s" course by the same tutor in the following term.

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The Early 1970s Course Outline

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