History Mysteries

Ref: C2524700

A selected series of “History Mysteries” (drawn from previous courses on the subject) which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments. However they are all examined within a wider context or used to draw out some other theme which is inherent. The main method will be powerpoint outline and group discussion. By agreement there may be some change in the schedule and topics. The syllabus will include, for example, the Mystery of the Mary Celeste, the Treasure of Oak Island, the Thugs of India, the Black Hole of Calcutta, the Dreyfus Affair, Otzi - the mysterious Ice Man, the Ninth Legion, Theories of Stonehenge etc.

Course aim

We will explore a selected series of “History Mysteries” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. An understanding of the historical events covered
  • 2. A wider familiarity with the broader context and the general issues which are raised
  • 3. An appreciation of the methodological complexities involved in historical analysis
  • 4. An ability to transfer the knowledge gained to other historical subjects

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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
  • Reading will be advised as the course goes on

What can I do next?

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

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History Mysteries

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