Contemporary British Fiction: 2000 - Present

Ref: C2526306

As we continue to live in an uncertain world, family, friendships and other relationships seem to be more important than ever... albeit in a shifting and often virtual way.. Therefore, the stories that we will examine in our course, explore love, obsession, marriage, family, fidelity and infidelity, and even death. Our main text will be Penguin’s ‘Contemporary Book of Short Stories’ edited by Philip Hensher. Authors we will look at include: Kazuo Ishiguro, A. L Kennedy, Graham Smith, Lucy Caldwell, Sarah Hall, and Hilary Mantel. We will also look at stories from outside the collection.

Course aim

The course explores the contemporary British Short Story. Short stories, often an underrated art form, have had something of a resurgence in the first two decades of the 21st century and this course will examine the best of the best.

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
  • The course is for anyone who enjoys reading and analysing texts and discussing their thoughts with other people.

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

  • Confidently discuss the different ways that families are presented in the texts.
  • Confidently discuss the different ways that relationships are presented in the text.
  • Confidently discuss strengths and weakness of the short story as an art form that can dissect relationships.

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will need to read the texts before each session.

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

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
  • A pdf file of each of the stories will be provided.

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

What can I do next?

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Contemporary British Fiction: 2000 - Present

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
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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