Pirates of the carribean and beyond

Ref: C2227056

The course will travel across the globe and through time looking at piracy, examining the similarities that have appeared in the structure of piracy overtime. Beginning in the Mediterranean and the ancient worlds of Greece and Rome, we then jump forward to follow the Vikings as they moved from raiders to empire builders. We will then, turn our attention to the Americas and the beginning of Atlantic piracy, beginning with Queen Elizabeth and on to the Golden Era of piracy from the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, examining the social structure on board a golden era pirate ship. Following this, we will move to Asia before shifting to Africa to look at modern-day piracy. The course will be historical in nature but will also dip into the literature and popular culture that surrounds pirates and their resurgence into the news in the twentieth century.

Course aim

By examining piracy throughout the ages, we will gain the historical knowledge, awareness and tools to help us understand the rise of piracy in recent years.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Develop an historical awareness of the development of piracy.
  • Assess the political issues surrounding the modern day pirate.
  • Investigate the culture which has existed throughout history, outside of the norms of society

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
  • I will provide a bibliography of texts on piracy for those who wish to read further on the course material

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Feel free to bring a pen and paper or a computer if you wish to take notes

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Pirates of the carribean and beyond

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

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