The Victorians: Face to Face Part 2

Ref: C3671200

The Victorians were preoccupied with the society in which they lived, and were fascinated by the possibility of identifying innate character, racial and social traits. The paintings, illustrations, cartoons and photographs disseminated widely a typology which was accepted by most as scientifically proven. As with the great Victorian novelists, Dickens, the Brontes, Thackeray, Trollope and Eliott; the visual arts, along with social investigation, reflected the complexity, the conformity and the confusion of this bustling and still evolving society. This course is a continuation of the Part 1 course.

Course aim

This course will continue from Part 1 to examine Victorian social attitudes to character, race and class through the medium of paintings, illustration, cartoon and photography

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:

  • appreciate more fully the complexity of Victorian society
  • recognise more clearly the social types easily identified by the Victorians
  • reflect upon our own attitudes to people then and now

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
  • illustrated lectures with discussion throughout, including students own research

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • attendance of Part 1 and any reading on the Victorians would be useful but is not essential

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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The Victorians: Face to Face Part 2


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