Women we all should know about

Ref: C2226853

Women comprise approximately half the world's population. Why then do we rarely know the names of many extraordinary women in Science, Mathematics, the Arts, Philosophy and other fields of endeavour? Each week we will explore the lives and achievements of women who have changed the world in different areas of life, aiming to answer this question. Participants will be invited, if they wish to do so, to research and present short biographies of famous or infamous women from the past and present

Additional information about this course

Half term 31/10/2019

Course aim

To explore why men’s names and achievements are more easily remembered than women's, by introducing many extraordinary women in different fields. We will discuss how Western bias has influenced our understanding of history and society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Investigate the lives and work of a wide range of women in many fields of endeavour.
  • Compare the achievements of famous men with those of less well known women.
  • Choose any field that interests me to discover women I might never otherwise have known about.
  • Use either in the library or the internet to further research little known extraordinary women.

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?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • 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

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Women we all should know about

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 2019
  • 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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