Literature taster

Course Dates: 08/01/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Do you want to find out how to go about understanding a poem or how to do a close reading of a work of fiction? Come and find out what makes a literature class at City Lit so special. The course also presents an overview of our literature offering for term two (January - April 2022).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT38

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Sat, day, 08 Jan - 08 Jan '22

Duration: 1 session

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

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What is the course about?

This short course is designed for you to experience the study of poetry and prose. Poems and short stories will be explored through class readings and discussion in an informal atmosphere.

Biographical information:
Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Culture at City Lit, with specialist teaching interests in modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

This short course is designed for you to experience the study of poetry and prose.
Poems and short stories will be explored through readings and discussion in an informal atmosphere.

There will be time to discuss the Literature programme offering for the Spring term - January to April 2022).

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Begin to feel more confident about what is involved in the literary study of fiction and poetry
-Feel more confident with close reading and analysis regarding fiction and poetry
-Feel more confident about discussing fiction and poetry with others.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The level of the course is introductory and no previous knowledge or experience of Literature is necessary. Anyone with an interest in discussing literature is welcome.

You will need to have an enthusiasm for reading and discussing a range of texts and poems in large and small groups. You will have an interest in the responses of other students to the work discussed.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including tutor-led presentation, large and small group discussion, reading in class and some film extracts of authors reading their work. The tutor will send a reading pack before the course starts so you can get the most out of the session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The tutor will provide a reading pack which will be emailed to you before the session. Have a pen and paper for
notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We have two introductory courses in term 2: HLT184 - Exploring Literature: an introduction to poetry and
HLT208 - Ways into Literature: Shakespeare to the Romantics, both on our website.
Look up Literature courses on our website under History, Culture and Writing/Literature at www.citylit.ac.uk/courses.

Patricia Sweeney

Patricia Sweeney is Programme Coordinator for Literature and Film at City Lit, with specialist teaching interests in American cultural studies, modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at City Lit, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.