Worms, Dragons and Assorted Virgins

Ref: C2526480

Dragon legends are to be found throughout the world from Russia to Australia and from China to the Americas. And the basic concept is the same thoughout although, strangely, they are benevolent in the East and the very epitome of malevolence in the West. In this short course we will examine a range of colourful and typical dragon legends drawn from southern Scotland, the North East of England and North Yorkshire. After a brief excursion into the realm of dragon classification we will then embark upon the questions of the origin of dragons and the methods of transmission of the concept before concluding with some helpful words of advice on how to deal with such creatures if you should ever encounter them.

Course aim

An introduction to the universal myth of the dragon. Starting with a survey of dragon legends in the north of England and then moving on to consider the nature of dragons, the origins and transmission of the concept.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • A sense of humour and a vivid imagination are vital.

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

  • A detailed knowledge of at least five dragon legends
  • An ability to differentiate between the most common dragon types
  • A general familiarity with the main theories as to the orgin of dragon stories and the transmission of the concept between cultures

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
  • A powerpoint presentation and discussion

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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

  • I will advise students on further reading (and viewing)

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Worms, Dragons and Assorted Virgins

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This course is only available as part of this programme.

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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