The Odyessy

Ref: C3528564

This course is about Homer’s epic poem of Odysseus and his calamitous return from the Trojan war. It is the story of a man who - before he can be re-united with family and homeland – must encounter the conflicting wills of gods, some of mythology’s most scary monsters and ultimately himself. The course explores the origins of this foundation text of Western Literature and what its significance has been to the subsequent generations who have continued to read and re-interpret the work.

Course aim

This course offers an introduction to the Odyssey by Homer. The poem will be studied as a work of Literature, rooted in myth but with claims of relevance to today's world.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Provide an outline of the key narrative events of The Odyssey
  • Identify some key characteristics of some of the major participants in the narrative
  • Recognise the way that text reflects the culture, values and beliefs of Greek pre-Classical and Classical culture and society
  • Carry out simple analysis of the language of the text and discriminate – in basic terms – between different translations of the Odyssey
  • Participate in and make informed contributions to discussions about the meaning and value of The Odyssey from a personal perspective

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
  • Other

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Other

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Other

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

The Odyessy 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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