Yorkshire Saints and Holy Places

Ref: C3670849

This course will look at the lives and places of pilgrimage associated with Saints John of Beverley, John of Bridlington, Aelred of Rievaulx, Hilda of Whitby, Wilfred of Ripon, William of York, John Fisher and Margaret Clitherow. Taking as our starting point the social and historical context in which these saints lived and died, we shall read extracts from various lives of these saints as well as looking at their representation in the visual arts such as manuscripts and stained glass windows. In looking at the shrines and places of pilgrimage associated with these saints we shall explore their spiritual legacy in order to reach a deeper understanding of what we understand by sainthood and sanctity.

Course aim

This course will look at the lives of several Yorkshire saints and the places of pilgrimage associated with them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for anyone with an interest in history and theology.

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

  • Name at least four Yorkshire saints and explain when and where they lived and how they died.
  • Describe three aspects of the life or death of these saints which led to them being venerated as saints.
  • Explain key points of understanding relating to the terms 'saint' and 'sanctity'.
  • Identify particular locations in Yorkshire associated with these saints and their cults.

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
  • Additional reading material will be available for students wishing to undertake further study. This work will be optional.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

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

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
  • Visiting some of the sites or places of pilgrimage associated with these saints. Consider further courses in theology or history in Higher Education.

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Yorkshire Saints and Holy Places Course Outline

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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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