Not just ‘the Lady with the Lamp’: Florence Nightingale in her bicentenary year

Course Dates: 04/10/20 - 11/10/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Online
Tutors:
Peter Street

A biographical/thematic approach considering Nightingale’s writings, contributions to nursing and wider campaigns both at home and in the Crimea; how her ideas about and experience of Christianity influenced her life, goals and aspirations for others.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.

Description

What is the course about?


The course marks the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. It explores her contribution to nursing reform, hospital organisation and developments in social care policies. But also considered is her wider critique of society, notably what she saw as the deadening demands of family and the distorted status of women. Central to her outlook and her powerful sense of mission was the evolution of her Christian belief and strong determination that women should be free to play a fuller part in the world outside the home.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Florence Nightingale: an outline of her life
How Florence Nightingale understood and was shaped by Christianity
Nursing and hospitals before Nightingale
Nightingale in the Crimea: her involvement and manifold impact
The nature and success of Nightingale’s ideas, writings and campaigns for nursing/hospital reform in Britain and overseas
Nightingale and the position of women
Florence Nightingale as national icon, 1900-2000 and beyond.

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

the life of Florence Nightingale in outline and the importance which her understanding of Christianity played in her deciding to pursue a life dedicated to nursing; nursing and hospitals before Nightingale; why Florence Nightingale went to the Crimea and her impact there and back in Britain; the nature and success of Nightingale’s ideas, writings and campaigns for nursing and hospital reform in Britain and overseas after the Crimean War; Nightingale’s views on the position of women; and
Florence Nightingale as national icon, 1900-2000 and beyond.

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

An introductory course: no previous knowledge is required.

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

The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion with student participation encouraged. No work outside class is required.

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

No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.

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

You might be interested in HRS12 - 'Pursuing other ways': the birth of Britain as a modern, multi-faith society.

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Book your place

Course Code: HRS10

Sun, day, 04 Oct - 11 Oct '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £29.00
Senior fee: £23.00
Concession: £18.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? humanities@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2652

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