Superb Reads: Introducing Gothic!

Ref: C3128174

An introduction to the Gothic Literature genre. We will be reading The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde to help you understand the features of gothic literature Literature helps us to understand human experiences in life; a story takes us anywhere in time and space. And, nothing beats getting a good scare by a horror story. This course is an introduction to the Gothic genre and during the course you will read a classic gothic story - The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Learn about the characteristics of gothic literature, the techniques by authors to create mystery and suspense and consider the effect of Victorian society on the author’s writing.

Course aim

The course will assist you to gain an understanding of the Gothic Literature genre. We will consider the themes involved in the genre and how the author develops these.

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 for beginners
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • identify the gothic genre and writing styles
  • analyse meaning and character within fiction
  • examine Cultural Differences through reading, social ‘responsibility’/ norms/values/expectations
  • evaluate whether the novella expresses Stevenson’s own views on Victorian society

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
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. 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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • You will be reading 3 chapters a week at home and may also be making notes on extracts from the chapters. The extracts will be available on Canvas.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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
  • We are not supplying books at the moment due to Covid restrictions. Download a free pdf of Jekyll & Hyde from: https://file.largepdf.com/file/2019/09/10/The%20Strange%20Case%20of%20Dr.%20Jekyll%20and%20Mr.%20Hyde.pdf or read online at: https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/jekyll/full-text/

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
  • Prefer a 'real' book? Your local library will have copies in stock or on quick order and its free! There are plenty of second-hand book sites most popular being World of Books, Abe Books and The Book Depository; major retailers like E-bay and Amazon have second hand books too.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Superb Reads: Introducing Gothic!

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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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