An Introduction to Jane Austen

Ref: C3841857

Jane Austen remains one of the most popular novelists in English Literature. This course looks at a selection of her novels in the context of her times, addressing issues such as women’s rights, Sensibility, colonialism and anti-slavery. We will study three novels: 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Mansfield Park' and 'Persuasion', whilst also referring briefly at sections from her other works

Course aim

This course will introduce students to Jane Austen and will examine how the world in which the author lived had a direct impact on the ideas that are found in her novels

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:

  • define the points of contact between Jane Austen and key movements of her time
  • use analytical skills to appraise the historical moment in which the texts are produced
  • demonstrate how issues of women’s rights, Sensibility, colonialism and anti-slavery are addressed in her work

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring along copies of the texts to be studied - any edition

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • It would be helpful if you have time to read the novels but we will be discussing them in detail in the class

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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An Introduction to Jane Austen

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  • 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
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