literature: Banned, Damned and Censored Books in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Ref: C2419857

This course will deal with issues of conscience, morality, ethics and political dissidence that have brought authors into conflict with the societies in which they exist. We shall evaluate the texts as literature, but will also be minded to assess their impact beyond the simple remit of whether a text is good or bad.

Course aim

This course will explore a range of European and global texts that have been banned or censured in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

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 those with a lively interest in literature and a love of participating in lively discussions.

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

  • You will be able to explain how this banned or censured texts contribute or contributed to a changing cultural climate in specific societies.
  • You will be able to articulate the particular issues relating to censorship with regard to each individual text.
  • You will be able to comment in detail on issues of morality, conscience, ethics and political commentary relating to each individual text.

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?

  • 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.)
  • Simply the texts appropriate to each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It will be helpful to read the texts in advance. 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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literature: Banned, Damned and Censored Books in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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