Sketches by Boz - Dickens's Early Writing - Online with Dr Greta Depledge

Ref: C3531609

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”. This six week course will enable students to engage with some of the earliest published writing by Charles Dickens. Sketches by Boz were short pieces that appeared in various periodicals from 1833 and later appeared in book form. The original illustrations were by George Cruikshank. We will look at a selection of these sketches and some of the illustrations that accompanied them.

Course aim

This course will give students an opportunity of looking at some of Dickens's earliest writing - Sketches by Boz.

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 course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand some of the earliest published writing by Charles Dickens.
  • Compare and contrast some of the Sketches in this collection/.
  • Consider the various themes that are raised in a selection of this early pieces of writing by Charles Dickens.
  • consider the social and political context to these Sketches.
  • join in group discussion on the Sketches.

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

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
  • 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
  • All materials will be provided
  • The reading material for this course will be available on Canvas. There is no need to buy the book but students can, of course do so, if they wish to but it is NOT necessary. We will be looking at short extracts from across the Sketches which will be put on canvas before and during the course.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Each week we will look at extracts at a number of the Sketches which will be put up on Canvas in advance so that people can read them in advance of the classes.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Further courses on the novels of Charles Dickens will, hopefully, be available with the WEA and this course will provide an introduction to his earliest published writing.

Download full course information sheet

Sketches by Boz - Dickens's Early Writing - Online with Dr Greta Depledge

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

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