Black History

Ref: C3672532

This second part of the course will further look at the contribution of women from ancient times to the present in roles such as rulers, warriors, revolutionaries and inventors. We also have features on ancient and pre-colonial South Africa and explore some of the art and culture of some of the ancient kingdoms of Nigeria. We will look at aspects of the Black African/Caribbean experience from a Sociological and Psychological perspective, with a section on how African people are represented (or mis-represented) in various forms of media. We will also look at African contributions to literature, and look at aspects of the philosophies of some of our greatest leaders, including a special feature on the Black Panthers .

Course aim

Part 2 of our course looking at the history and contributions of Africa and Africans/Caribbean/American from the continent and in the diaspora, from ancient to modern times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This part of the course is primarily for those who attended the first 11 week part of the course

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

  • Describe some of the key contributing factors in the rise and eventual fall of some of the great African civilisations
  • Identify some of the great and often hidden achievements of women and men of colour
  • Describe some of the sociological and psychological issues relating to people of colour
  • Identify possible solutions to some of Africa's present economic and political challenges

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

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 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
  • 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

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Black History


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