Day School - The Cathars

Ref: C3528527

The Cathars: heresy and its suppression in the Middle Ages Drawing on a range of historical sources, this day school will investigate Catharism in the Languedoc region of France, discussing the heretical beliefs that took root in the Middle Ages, its suppression in the Albigensian Crusade and its legacy in the region today.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA course. No fee remittance

Course aim

To provide an overview of the Cathars, with a focus on heresy and its suppression in the Languedoc region of France during the Middle Ages.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Anyone with an interest in history. Students will need to read and analyse historical sources, including visual as well as written texts. The course will use an appropriate vocabulary for the critical discussion of sources and texts.

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

  • 1. Understand and discuss aspects of religious belief and practice in the Middle Ages, differentiating between accepted beliefs and heresy.
  • 2. Develop skills in working with historical sources for the period
  • 3. Develop skills in analysing visual sources for the period
  • 4. To understand and interpret different and unfamiliar belief systems.
  • 5. Stimulate an interest in the historical study of the Middle Ages

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?

  • There will be opportunity to make contributions to discussions, to practice using your analytical skills and to reflect on your learning throughout.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School - The Cathars


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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