"Universally Acknowledged" - Looking at Pride and Prejudice

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Jane Austen called her most popular novel 'my own darling child', little knowing that its 'light and bright and sparkling' plot and characters would be loved and re-imagined for more than two centuries into the future. Our close reading looks at the social settings of 'Pride and Prejudice' and at the way critics, readers, adapters and film directors have found different ways to tell a seemingly simple love story.

Course aim

This course is a chance for students to share their enjoyment of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' while learning more about its literary, social and historical context.

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.
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • A broad knowledge of the novel, and/or one or more of its adaptations for film and television, will be assumed.

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

  • Give a brief outline of the writing and publishing history of 'Pride and Prejudice'.
  • Join in online discussions, for example comparing filmed extracts or looking closely at selected passages.
  • Choose and discuss extracts from the novel which represent qualities which cannot be successfully filmed or adapted to a modern audience through 'fanlit'.
  • Give an informed opinion as to why this novel has endured and gained in popularity for 200 years.

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?

  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • 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?

  • 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

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
  • References will be made to other Austen novels. If you would enjoy reading or re-reading these, they will enhance your understanding of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Claire Tomalin's biography 'Jane Austen: A Life' is highly recommended.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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"Universally Acknowledged" - Looking at Pride and Prejudice

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Waiting List 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 have read and accept our student privacy notice

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