Oscar Wilde – His life, work and influences

Ref: C2227422

This course requires no prior knowledge of writer, playwright and poet Oscar Wilde. We will look at a man who was very much a personality of the 19th century, and the speed and variety of his wit would have guaranteed him a place in newspaper columns all over the world. As a writer, Wilde - and his witty sayings - are still extremely popular today and were part of 19th century culture. His plays held up a mirror to the often hypocritical views of the upper classes and we can learn an enormous amount from him about the major concerns of the times. At the height of his fame he was the man everyone wanted to know: from the Prince of Wales to actress Lillie Langtry and artist James McNeill Whistler, anyone who was anyone in society and the arts flocked to meet Oscar Wilde. This made his subsequent fall from grace even more spectacular. Please note that because this is an introductory course, Wilde's writings will not be covered in depth - perhaps this might be for another course!

Course aim

This is an overview of a fascinating man, his influences, life and work - which included plays, stories, poetry and a novel. Film, TV and theatre productions of Wilde's writings continue to attract large audiences and actors who are household names.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course requires no previous knowledge of Oscar Wilde's life or any of his literary work. Everyone is welcome.

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

  • Summarise Oscar Wilde's childhood and/or University experiences.
  • Identify how part of one of his plays reflects a 19th century social, political or economic concern.
  • Describe the part played by Lord Alfred Douglas in Wilde's downfall.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Discussion topics, a quiz and short extracts of reading material will be placed on the Canvas learning platform for course members to access.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Course members may wish to take their own written notes during the session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Oscar Wilde – His life, work and influences

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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