Charles Dickens - Bleak House

Ref: C3530236

Dickens's Bleak House demonstrates that not only was Dickens a great entertainer with his writing but also a profoundly serious novelist. Bleak House provides an expose of Dickens's contemporary society and the decay and corruption that was at the very heart of it.

Course aim

This course will provide an extended exploration of one of the major novels of the 19th century - Dickens's Bleak House.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Bleak House
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social and historical context of the novel.
  • understand aspects of narrative technique.
  • formulate a response to this novel and progress on to other works by this author.
  • critically evaluate primary source material and participate in group discussion.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A copy of the text will be needed for each session. Pens and paper for note taking also useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Students need to have started reading the text in advance of the course starting but we will progress through it chronologically in order to allow maximum time to read the text.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Charles Dickens - Bleak House


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