The Moral Maze

Ref: C3741385

We will start with Forster's 'A Passage to India'. As well as examining the novel's social, political and moral themes, we will also discuss its symphonic structure and superb use of language. The novels many themes include the difficulty of building bridges between different cultures and racial groups. In the second half of the course we will discuss a selection of stories by Alice Munro. Themes include problems of identity, friendship and love; how the past impinges on the present; and issues of fate and free will.

Course aim

We will discuss the themes, style and structure of E.M. Forster's 'A Passage to India' and a selection of short stories by Alice Munro.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • The course is for anyone who is interested in Literature. Although the course is taught at Level 3, there are no entry requirements apart from an interest and enthusiasm for literature

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

  • Discuss the social, psychological and moral themes.
  • Comment on contrast of characters, mood and setting.
  • Discuss the themes, attitudes and style of key passages.
  • Analyse the structure of the literary works.
  • Gain practice in providing evidence for argument

How will I be taught?

  • Your tutor will encourage you to take part in discussion. Each week you will be given questions and issues to think about in preparation for the next week's session. You will have the opportunity to introduce a topic, but this is not required.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The tutor will give you informal feedback on your progress. You can contact the tutor by email if you need advice or feedback. The tutor will give you advice about how to build up your confidence if you feel shy about participating.

What else do I need to know?

  • You will need to bring a copy of a Passage to India to the first session. The tutor will provide copies of the stories by Alice Munro.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be good if you could read the whole of 'The Passage to India'; however at the first meeting we will be concentrating on the first seven chapters.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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The Moral Maze 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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