Aspects of the Western

Ref: C2342738

The Western was a staple genre right from the start of the cinema and it has frequently been characterised as America's foundation myth. But what does this mean? And what are the set of conventions it embodies and sometimes subverts. We will look at six classic westerns and analyse how it draws on the traditions created by the genre and what they do with them. At their best westerns are very entertaining and the course will also ask what the pleasures of a western are and why the genre has had such longevity.

Course aim

The Western was a staple genre right from the start of the cinema and although its popularity waxes and wanes it remains a popular kind of film. We will look at its history and conventions and how it has changed and developed over the years.

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:

  • Discuss in some detail the conventions of the western genre
  • Be able to analyse some westerns in some detail
  • Be able to outline the history of the western
  • Explain how some more recent examples of the genre subvert the conventions and meanings of the e classic western

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
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • You will be required carefully to view six films if you are to get the most out of the course

What can I do next?

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

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Aspects of the Western

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