Fairy Tales - The Grimm truth

Ref: C3528842

This taster explores the secrets behind fairy tales; who wrote them and why? We will discuss how these stories helped societies make sense of the world in which they live and how making stories suitable for a modern audience can distort or lose the original meaning (eg Disney representation of Grimm tales) Students can choose to join future workshops, if they wish, to write a modern day fairy tale for St Ives.

Course aim

This literary taster on a fairy tale theme aims to explore the hidden side to these popular stories.

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:

  • Discuss how stories have helped societies from different parts of the planet make sense of the world in which they live.
  • Describe how making stories suitable for a modern audience can distort or change the original meaning.
  • Look for clues in the original text that may contain messages or morals.

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?

  • Participants will be encouraged to discuss and contribute ideas.

What else do I need to know?

  • Notepad and pen.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

Fairy Tales - The Grimm truth Course Outline

Conditions

You can 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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