Literature: Montaigne's Essays - Online with Dr. Robert-Louis Abrahamson

Ref: C3531559

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. We will read a selection of Montaigne's essays on a variety of different subjects. The Zoom classes will offer a chance to share our responses to Montaigne's personal views, to expand on his ideas and examples, or to quarrel with what he says, and generally to share together a new friendship with this most personable of literary writers.

Course aim

The Essays of Michel de Montaigne are one of the great classics of Western literature, bringing us close to the warm personality of this 16th-century writer and his wide range of political, historical, and literary experience.

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 essays are engaging but sometimes challenging reading. Although the Zoom classes are designed to bring the essays to life, a willingness to engage in the reading beforehand is strongly suggested.

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

  • have a familiarity with Michel de Montaigne's personality and thought
  • have an understanding of the cultural context of French society and history of the 1560s and 70s
  • have greater confidence in expressing my own views about life and being open to others' views

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
  • You will be asked to read one or two essays before each class. The essays can range from two pages to about twenty pages.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The Zoom discussions provide constant feedback, as do the weekly discussion postings on Canvas

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
  • The suggested text is the Penguin edition of Selected Essays, translated by M. A. Screech, though any edition of Montaigne will also serve.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • There will be two or three short essays to read before the first class.

What can I do next?

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Literature: Montaigne's Essays - Online with Dr. Robert-Louis Abrahamson

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
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