Course title:
Family Matters: Literature and the family
Tutor:
Robert Hemmings
Course ID:
C3679928
Start date:
03/02/2022
End date:
14/04/2022
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Thu 03 Feb 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 10 Feb 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 17 Feb 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 03 Mar 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 10 Mar 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 17 Mar 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 24 Mar 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 31 Mar 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 07 Apr 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Thu 14 Apr 2022 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM 2
Total sessions: 10
Total number of classroom hours: 20
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 20
Date
Thu 03 Feb 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 10 Feb 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 17 Feb 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 03 Mar 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 10 Mar 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 17 Mar 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 24 Mar 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 31 Mar 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 07 Apr 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Date
Thu 14 Apr 2022
Times
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hours
2
Total sessions:
10
Total number of classroom hours:
20
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
20
Venue:
Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 1 (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
£76.00 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

being open to new ideas

This course is for beginners and improvers
Other

being open to new ideas

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
The course texts come from a wide range of collections and anthologies. You may well have books with some of the stories or poems already. But for the sake of convenience, all course texts will be available through the Canvas online learning platform.
Course aim:
This course offers students the opportunity to read and discuss a wide range of fiction and poetry about the complex relationships produced by families. As everyone has a family, and no family is the same, literature about family matters to us all.
Course description:
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This is how Leo Tolstoy begins his novel, Anna Karenina. Is he right? And, what is a family? Through reading a range of fiction and poetry, we will explore how the theme of the family is by no means straightforward. Family is not limited to blood relations. As the OED tells us, family first came into English from the French meaning “servants,” and referred to a group living together under the same roof. The family provides us the chance to see the diverse factors that contribute to happiness or unhappiness in our close relations with others. In this course, we will contemplate how literary conventions can shape how writers invoke the family, a key thread in our wider social fabric, especially now during a pandemic when those threads may be strained and worn in new ways. Through reading how writers like Mansfield, O'Connor, Munro convey the imagined lives of other families, we can learn more about our own.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. discuss some key literary conventions of fiction about family
2. discuss some key formal conventions of poetry about family
3. demonstrate how literary texts can enrich my understanding of the world around me
4. share with others a new poem or short story that the course has helped illuminate
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

For information about course fees and financial support whilst you study visit https://www.wea.org.uk/studentsupport/course-fees-and-financial-support

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