Australia: a Poetic Introduction

Ref: C2225399

Poetry is often a marginalised art in contemporary Western societies but those involved in it tend to believe in its value passionately. This derives from the belief that poetry is the deepest form of human expression. This course is designed to increase students' understanding of Australian culture and identity through an examination of the poetry produced since white settlement . The course explores Australian poetry alongside the relationship this form of literary production has had to the social, aesthetic and cultural values of their period, and the way in which the perception of these poems have changed over time. Each week a different theme will be discussed and will include topics such as the building of an Australian identity, Australia at war, Indigenous Australia and Australia today. Student will also have the opportunity to bring poems they have found independently to the discussions to share with others on the course.

Course aim

Introduce students to several key themes in Australia's history through an exploration of its poetry.Through shared readings of a variety of poems students will be able to enhance their enjoyment of poetry and understanding of Australian culture.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • relate the poetry studied to Australian culture, historical events and identity
  • analyse works of literature and form comparative judgments about them
  • express ideas, information and argument coherently and logically orally
  • explain ideologies such as race, gender and class in literary and cultural contexts within a critical framework

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Australia: a Poetic Introduction

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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