Day School: The Extremes of Georgian Travel

Ref: C3741181

This day will look at travellers from the opposite ends of Georgian Society. Olaudah Equiano was born in West Africa, seized as a slave and transported to the Americas where he, eventually, bought his freedom. John Morritt was a wealthy landowner from Yorkshire who undertook an extensive tour of the Ottoman Empire in the 1790’s. • 10.00-11.00. “Olaudah Equiano and The Interesting Narrative” • 11.00-11.15. Coffee. • 11.15-12.30. “John B.S. Morritt’s Letters and Journeys” • 12.30-13.30. Lunch. • 13.30-15.00. Group study : “‘Equiano and Morritt extracts.” • 15.00-15.15 Tea. • 15.15-16.00. Setting our travellers in context and ideas for further study.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

This day will look at travellers from the opposite ends of Georgian Society. Olaudah Equiano a slave from West Africa and John Morritt a landowner who toured the Ottoman Empire.

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:

  • Identify the key themes of Olaudah Equiano’s “Interesting Narrative”.
  • Identify the key themes of John Morritt’s “Letters and Journals 1794-6”.
  • Recognise how Equiano and Morritt compared to contemporary travellers.

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?

  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • No work is required before the course but you may want to look at the sources we will be studying. Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings, Penguin, 2003 J.B.S. Morritt “Letters and Journals 1794-6” Century, 1985.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: The Extremes of Georgian Travel 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
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  • 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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