Witchcraft since 1900: Britain and Beyond

Ref: C2342808

It's all too easy to assume that witchcraft is a characteristic feature of the pre-modern world. In fact that, various types of witchcraft have thrived during the modern era, including in twentieth- and early twenty first-century Britain. This day school explores several of the most important manifestations of modern witchcraft. These included the witchcraft spiritualities that have emerged since approximately the mid twentieth-century: Wicca, hedge witchcraft, and traditional witchcraft. But we'll also look at many other varieties of witchcraft, including the persistence of belief in hexes and curses, white witchcraft, and the horrifying concept of child witchcraft.

Course aim

From Wicca and hedge witchcraft to curses and the appalling concept of child witchcraft, this day school explores the history of witchcraft in twentieth- and early twenty first-century Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Discuss the numerous varieties of witchcraft that have marked British history since the early 1900s.
  • Investigate the rise of modern paganism
  • Explore the pressing social issues associated with belief in maleficent witchcraft and so-called 'child witchcraft'.

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

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

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
  • No pre-course reading is required. However, there are several excellent accounts of modern witchcraft that students may wish to consult. eg: Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft Thomas Waters, Cursed Britain: A History of Witchcraft and Black Magic

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Witchcraft since 1900: Britain and Beyond

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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