George Orwell

Ref: C2225987

This six week course considers two novels which interrogate ideas of truth and falsehood, and the corruption of language for political ends. We will also study Orwell essays on other topics still pertinent today.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

The course will consider 'what is truth?': the relevance of George Orwell today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • approach texts with an enhanced critical understanding
  • express opinions and responses to specific texts with increased confidence
  • have a greater understanding of some major works by George Orwell
  • an awareness of the role of the concept of 'truth' in Orwell's writings, and their relevance for the modern day

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to obtain copies of both 'Animal farm' and 'Nineteen-Eighty Four' by George Orwell, as well as his 'Notes on Nationalism', and other essays in the small 'Penguin Moderns' edition published this year, price £1.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students will need to have read both 'Animal Farm' and 'Nineteen-Eighty Four' by George Orwell, as well as the prescribed essays

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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George Orwell


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