Day School: Scandals or Your Mother’s Worst Nightmare

Ref: C2226912

Scandals come in all shapes and sizes. Indeed, what is scandalous in one age is probably tame in another. The reason for this is a change cultural norms. This will be the basis of the day course. We will initially examine a scandal from the early 17th Century, the Overbury Scandal. This is about sex, politics and power. We will go on to look at the Dreyfus affair, a scandal emanating from a divided society in which anti-Semitism flourished. Finally, we will look at the Jeremy Thorpe / Norman Scott affair, something which simply could not happen today, so much has changed in relation to homosexuality. We will examine the scandals through power point presentations and through primary source material. There will be time to discuss and feedback, indded the course relies on it. Most of all, I hope it will be enjoyable.

Additional information about this course

Tea and coffee from 9.30am. The course runs from 10am - 4pm with a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

This is a course about scandals. Scandals are often cultural in their nature. Changes in the nature of society lead to behaviours being seen in very different lights. .

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:

  • Examine the particular nature of scandals and their relationship to cultural norms.
  • Explain the nature of the "cover up" in generating the scandal and providing scapegoats at the end of the process.
  • Enable participants to identify key "trigger factors" in the growing scandal.
  • Encourage participants to follow up the course with research on other scandals in order to validate their findings

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 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

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

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Day School: Scandals or Your Mother’s Worst Nightmare


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