History Mysteries

Ref: C2526057

A selected series of “History Mysteries” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence and the clash of historical arguments. However they are all examined within a wider context or used to draw out some other theme which is inherent within the narrative. They will include: Agatha Christie and the Eleven Days; "Death and the Virgin" Amy Robsart's little trip; The Black Hole of Calcutta and imperial mythology; The Three Lighthouse Keepers of Flannan Lighthouse; Who was really responsible for the sinking of the Lusitania; The haunting tale of the Marie Celeste; That damned Mayerling business; Sacco and Vanzetti; The debate about the Thugs of India; Worms, dragons and assorted virgins

Course aim

We will explore a selected series of “History Mysteries” which all raise intriguing issues about the interpretation of evidence

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 is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • 1. An understanding of the historical events covered
  • 2. A wider familiarity with the broader context and the general issues which are raised
  • 3. An appreciation of the methodological complexities involved in historical analysis
  • 4. An ability to transfer the knowledge gained to other historical subjects

How will I be taught?

  • Essentially powerpoint presentation and discussion. Very informal. Plenty of scope for your views and opinions. Occasional use of other media eg. You Tube

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Easy and informal interaction with the tutor in a setting and with a subject where your views and opinions are encouraged

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre research is necessary but there are plenty of sources on the internet of varying quality. On most of the above Wikipedia is as good as any but there are more specialist sites as well. Advice will be given on good old fashioned books in each session

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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History Mysteries

Enrolment 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 standard terms and conditions

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