Banned, Damned & Censured Books in the 20th & 21st Centuries - Part 2

Ref: C2419820

During this course, we will examine a range of literature from various European and global cultures, discovering how in the face of dictatorship or societal pressure, individual authors have sought to explore personal and collective issues relating to identity, politics, ethics, morality and conscience.

Course aim

This course will explore the impact of censorship, censure and the author's individual voice, as it seeks to articulate a sometimes collective perspective on dystopian or moribund societies.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for all with an interest in twentieth and twenty-first literature; for those who have enjoy participating in learning and lively discussions.

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

  • You will be able to articulate your understanding of how repressive societies seek to populate culture with propaganda and suppress genuine dissidence.
  • For each text you will be able to outline the specific context, which led to the banning or censure of that work.
  • You will be able to explain the necessity for dissident voices in a society, and the part that they play as a conscience and source of sometimes revolutionary renewal.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The texts of the novels are necessary for this course. Additional poetry will be provided as photocopies.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It is advisable to read the texts before each session. The first text will be 'Women in Love' by D.H. Lawrence.

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

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Banned, Damned & Censured Books in the 20th & 21st Centuries - Part 2


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