Literature Appreciation

Ref: C2526104

Politics and literature interact. As means of expression, they can both give individuals and movements voices, and suppress them. In this course, we will be considering a range of texts from the Renaissance to the present day in which the voices of individuals, movements and radical change in British politics are reflected.

Additional information about this course

This course is for the residents of the North of Tyne area only.

Course aim

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities to discuss and analyse a wide range of literature in English, focusing specifically on the context of each text and the writers' varying techniques.

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
  • The course is open to anyone with an avid interest in literature.

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

  • Improve my capacity to analyse a range of literature.
  • Improve my understanding of the context of a range of literature.
  • Gain confidence in sharing my ideas in class discussion.
  • Gain confidence in my ability to evaluate a piece of literature, and make my own judgement upon it.

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 teaching in this course is based on discussion and question and answer. You will be asked to do some reading in advance towards the end of the course, as we shall be studying a complete novel together.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You can expect verbal feedback from the tutor during the progress of the course.

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
  • You will need to bring a pen and paper to each session. You will also need to get a copy of the set text , 'The Bone Clocks' by David Mitchell, for the closing weeks of the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Each week's texts (apart from the set text) will be posted in advance of the session on Canvas. You will probably find it helpful to print these extracts out in advance, for ease of reading and annotation.

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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Literature Appreciation

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

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

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