Books and Crooks

Ref: C2342658

Crime fiction is enormously popular these days as a visit to any library or bookshop will demonstrate. The form dates from the Victorian era which produced one of its most famous authors and detectives in the shapes of Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. We will examine why Holmes remains so popular, look at some of the great 'golden age' authors (including Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers), some foreign authors and crime on the television. The course will aim to deepen your enjoyment of the genre by examining its unique qualities and the way it has evolved.

Course aim

Mystery fiction is as popular now as ever it was. The course will aim to deepen your enjoyment and understanding of the genre by exploring its history, qualities and practitioners.A number of crime novels will be looked at in detail.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Discuss the history of crime fiction.
  • Identify the conventions of crime fiction.
  • Investigate specified crime novels in detail.
  • Discuss the pleasures of reading crime fiction
  • Display knowledge of approaches to the genre by various authors.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas:
  • A reading list of books will be sent to you before the start of the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Books and Crooks

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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