Online Taster: A tour of Dante's Inferno

Ref: C3531135

This taster is a 90 minute live video learning session using zoom, (for more information see http://bit.ly/WEAonline). Dante's Inferno is one of the best-known poems of the Middle Ages, full of vivid details, a wide range of emotions and passions, political, historical and religious commentary, and psychological resonance. We will be looking primarily two aspects of the poem: (1) the way Dante shapes his narrative into a series of interlocking, fascinating episodes (some of them heart-rending, some gruesome, some simply comic); and (2) the way the depiction of these souls in Hell can provide a mirror through which we come to a newer, deeper understanding of our own inner selves and of the people in the world around us.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to Dante's journey through Hell (the Inferno) and beyond, as a taster for the upcoming course that will take us in more detail through The Inferno.

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

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

  • have a general idea of what can be found in Dante's Inferno
  • have a sense of the way great literature can be read on many different levels
  • begin to appreciate how Dante shapes his material to move the reader in several different ways
  • prepare for a full-length course on The Inferno

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 course will be conducted live on Zoom(accessible via Canvas), with the tutor presenting the material and the students able to contribute with questions and comments

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The tutor will respond to questions during the Zoom session, as well as any questions asked via Canvas afterwards

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 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to the follow-on course on Dante's Inferno

Download full course information sheet

Online Taster: A tour of Dante's Inferno

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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