Irish Literature

Ref: C3673403

This course examines how Irish writers write around Ireland. Reading a selection of poetry, prose and drama from some of Ireland's most treasured writers we will explore the ways in which conflict and national identity are presented in the texts with a view to gaining a deeper understanding of Ireland's literary history.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to Irish Literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify and discuss the key themes and features of the chosen texts
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the texts within their specific social, political and historical contexts
  • Demonstrate analytical 'close reading' skills

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A reading list will be circulated in May/June. Contact the tutor for further information.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course information sheet

Irish Literature

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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