What is the course about?
Introduces and investigates some of the communities who settled in Britain from the 4th century, the Age of Migration- their religious thinking and practice; political and social developments; understaning of the world ; as well as artistic/literary expression and attainments.
What will we cover?
Each of the sessions is anchored to an individual of significance in the Anglo-Saxon historical tradition: Hengist, Gildas, Ceawlin, Columba, Bertha, Aethelburh of Kent, Aldhelm of Malmesbury, Penda of Mercia, Aethelthryth of Ely, Theodore of Tarsus, Aethelbald of Mercia, Alcuin of Yourk.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course, you should be able to identify significant social, intellectual, and political changes which
took place in the six centuries we cover in our course; to explain how and why each of the people introduced and
discussed made a difference to the society in which they lived.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and no previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to explore a topic further. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor presenting prepared talk or lecture. These are illustrated with slides. There is ample opportunity for questions and discussion. As the course progresses you may wish to review an aspect of our course to the group, but this is not a requirement. Detailed notes and bibliographies, with suggested topics for further enquiry, are provided for most sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may well wish to buy a recommended book or two. Some visits are recommended, which may involve travel and
entrance fees, although these are not part of the course itself.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
For further information about other courses available in British and European history, please see the college website: www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details