Perspectives on Pakistan

Ref: C2227793

Pakistan is both an old and a new country. Its people are hospitable yet sometimes wary of outsiders. We shall explore some fascinating contradictions of this little understood nation, including its place in a very diverse region and the historic cultural influences of its neighbours on north-west India. The arrival of the British brought new changes and we can see this in microcosm through the history of a school between 1847 and the present day. We follow the process of India's Partition - the events that led to it and the circumstances in which it came about - before reviewing Pakistan's progress in the aftermath. The achievements of some artists (men and women) and those involved in sports are considered, followed by the story of Malala Yousufzai who has gained international recognition through her campaigning for girls' education. Finally, we ask what it is like to live and work in Pakistan in the 21st century, arriving at some humorous as well as more challenging conclusions.

Additional information about this course

No lesson on 16/02/2021

Course aim

We look at the ancient land that has been called Pakistan since 1947, focusing on those who have lived there in the last 5,000 years and those itinerants whose influence has endured.

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
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • It is assumed that most students might have little or no direct experience of Pakistan, but that they are enthusiastic armchair travellers or intrepid explorers.

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

  • Describe Pakistan's geographical location as well as some physical and other characteristics of the country.
  • State the main features of early civilisation in north-west India and the phases of religious belief in this part of the world.
  • Discuss the colonisation of north-west India by the British and how education developed there, with particular reference to Karachi Grammar School.
  • Talk about the events leading to the partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, as well as its aftermath.
  • Show an awareness of cultural developments (especially in the arts and sports) in Pakistan in modern times.

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

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
  • 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
  • Hand-outs will be provided through Canvas, but have a notebook and a pen or pencil to nearby during each 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
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

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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Perspectives on Pakistan

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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