An Introduction to the Sultanate of Oman

Ref: C2225724

Oman is a rapidly progressing country at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula which is still not widely known. The combination of cherished traditions and modern development provides a fascinating basis for study. We take a broad overview of the physical characteristics of the country and its region then focus on pre-modern Oman - the period up to 1970. Sultan Qaboos' considerable achievements in modernising his nation are then reviewed. Oman was a great colonial power in earlier times and its links with East Africa (especially Zanzibar) are fascinating. We encounter Oman’s indigenous people, the Bedu, as well as the older customs and practices that survive. We look at the development of crafts and family life in Oman; finally, at the country as a destination for tourists and expatriates.

Course aim

To introduce a relatively remote and little-known part of the world to people who might like to explore this largely-unexplored place for themselves as armchair travellers or otherwise.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • Those who enjoy armchair travelling will gain most from this course.

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

  • Describe Oman's geographical location as well as the physical characteristics of the country.
  • State the main changes that have occurred in Oman since the earliest times of its occupation.
  • Discuss aspects of Oman's economic and trading activity now and in the past.
  • Describe some of the customs (including those which are part of family life) and traditional crafts practised in Oman.
  • Evaluate Oman as a destination for me as a visitor.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Comments on your progress at the mid-point and end of the course through the Student Learning Record.

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • You are expected to bring a notebook and a pen or pencil to each session.

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 with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Put yourself forward as a prospective WEA tutor.

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An Introduction to the Sultanate of Oman


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