Course title:
Norse Mythology
Tutor:
Benjamin Pestell
Course ID:
C2228420
Start date:
11/01/2022
End date:
22/03/2022
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Tue 11 Jan 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 18 Jan 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 25 Jan 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 01 Feb 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 08 Feb 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 22 Feb 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 01 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 08 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 15 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Tue 22 Mar 2022 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 1.5
Total sessions: 10
Total number of classroom hours: 15
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 15
Date
Tue 11 Jan 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 18 Jan 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 25 Jan 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 01 Feb 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 08 Feb 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 22 Feb 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 01 Mar 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 08 Mar 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 15 Mar 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Date
Tue 22 Mar 2022
Times
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Hours
1.5
Total sessions:
10
Total number of classroom hours:
15
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
15
Venue:
Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
Writtle Village Hall
The Green
Writtle
CM1 3DU
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
No
Programme details
Programme title:
Programme aims:
Programme description:
Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
Fee
£59.25 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
Other

This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the tales and myths of northern Europe. Students who have previously taken the “Icelandic Myth and Saga” course at the WEA will also find this an appropriate extension and deepening of the topic.

This course is for beginners and improvers
Other

This course is suitable for anyone who has an interest in the tales and myths of northern Europe. Students who have previously taken the “Icelandic Myth and Saga” course at the WEA will also find this an appropriate extension and deepening of the topic.

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
Classes will typically consist of introduction of the topic by the tutor; close reading; class discussion; small group work. Extracts from the texts will be supplied, but you may wish to buy your own copies of the Poetic Edda and the Prose Edda (a list of recommended editions will be supplied).
Course aim:
A world made from an ancient giant; a universe held together by a great, cosmic tree; an enormous serpent encircles the earth, biting its own tail. Discover the strange and wonderful world of Norse mythology.
Course description:
This course follows the written accounts of Norse mythology in two books: the anonymous Poetic Edda (also known as the Elder Edda), and Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda. We will read authoritative English translations of the Old Norse, supported by scholarly articles, images, and recordings of musical settings of the myths. We will compare and contrast the different types of evidence available for understanding the Norse Myths; discuss the historical context of the writing of the Eddas; explore the practical wisdom and mythical symbolism contained in these stories. The tales include a violent creation myth; a complex cosmology grounded by Yggdrasill, the world tree; Odin’s numerous quests for knowledge; Thor’s unnerving encounters with giants; Loki’s outrageous insults and trickery; Idun’s immortal fruit; Freyja’s chariot of cats; Sigurd, slayer of the dragon Fafnir; the vengeance of the enslaved giantesses Fenja and Menja; the looming apocalypse of Ragnarök, and the subsequent rebirth.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. recall the historical, political, and religious context of the writing down of the Norse myths
2. explain the basic structure of the Norse cosmos and the roles of the principal gods
3. identify mythological tropes in works inspired by Norse mythology
4. Develop skills in expressing your opinions based on the evidence in the texts.
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

WEA Canvas online learning area

Whether your course is face to face or online, the WEA uses its online learning area, called Canvas, to support your learning. This includes using Canvas to think about and record your progress and to give your tutor and the WEA feedback on your course. Your tutor may put resources or activities on Canvas to use during or between lessons. If you want to understand more about our Canvas online learning platform please visit: www.wea.org.uk/help

WEA online sessions/ courses- Zoom

If your course is online, you will join a virtual classroom using a weblink: the WEA uses a video-conferencing tool called Zoom. To use Zoom you will need a Laptop, Computer, Tablet or Smart phone which has speakers, a microphone and a video camera. For some courses, to submit work, we advise you to use a laptop or computer. For more information on Canvas and Zoom please visit www.wea.org.uk/help

Information and advice

For more information and advice about our courses phone our support team on 0300 303 3464 or email: courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Support

We will ask you about any support you may need when you enrol. You can also telephone the Student Support Team on 0300 303 3464 or email studentsupport@wea.org.uk. The earlier you tell us about your needs the better. We will be able to provide help more quickly.

You can also find out about what support is available through our Student Handbook. This highlights what you can expect from WEA and what we expect from you. https://www.wea.org.uk/studentsupport/student-handbook

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For student support relating to specific learning need or disability visit https://www.wea.org.uk/studentsupport/learningsupport

What next?

Your tutor will talk with you about what you could do following this course.

You can also find information on our website to support you to make decisions about what you can do next https://www.wea.org.uk/studentsupport/whatsnextandprogression

You may benefit from speaking to the National Careers Service regarding your future career plans - call 0800 100 900 or visit their website https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk