New Courses: Spring Term 2018
10 Monday evenings from 8th January 2018.
"Muslims and Islam in the UK and the Modern World"
with: Muhammed Manwar Ali
19.45 pm at: URC Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted, CM6 3JD
10 Thursday mornings from 11th January 2018.
"Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside"
with: Ted Woodgate
10.00am at: British Legion Hall; Felsted; CM
Muslims and Islam in the UK and the Modern World
A simple and engaging course, it critically explores principles, practices, diversity and worldview of Muslims, while happily discussing controversial or sensitive issues, seeking pupils’ opinions relevant to the UK.
A frank course, focused on participants’ engagement, it provides an introductory and exploratory look at Islam dealing with basic principles, practices, diversity, issues and worldview of Muslims in our context.
Do I need any particular skills or experience?
- No skills or experience needed
- This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
- Suitable for anyone with an interest in Islam, Muslims, and religion in general with respect to Britain and the world
By the end of the course I should be able to:
- 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles of Islam and Muslim practices.
- 2. Explain the basic Muslim worldview and relevance of God in a Muslim’s life.
- 3. Demonstrate a grasp of Islam as an interpretation of its principles and values within cultures.
- 4. Demonstrate an appreciation of Muslims’ fears, worries or concerns.
- 5. Identify some of the contentious issues related to Islam and Muslims and suggest possible accommodations of them.
How will I be taught?
- The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
- You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
- You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment.
What kind of feedback can I expect?
- A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
- You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
- You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
- You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
What else do I need to know?
- Bring a pen. You will receive the whole course notes at the outset plus three books
Pre-course work, reading and information sources
- No pre reading or pre course work is required
Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside
How were Essex farmworkers, perceived as potential revolutionaries in 1830, transformed into enfranchised citizens within two generations? Using contemporary source materials we attempt to construct a local context.
This course will chart the political transformation of Essex farmworkers in the 19th century against the background of national events. Using contemporary sources we will examine if political progress was matched by social and economic developments.
Who is the course for?
What topics will this course cover
The course will cover the Swing riots in 1830, the protest movements and incendiarism of “the hungry forties”, High farming and mid century prosperity, the advent of the first national farmworkers union, the campaign for the franchise and participation in the first parish councils in 1894. All events will be presented against prevailing national economic and political developments.
What will it be like?
WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.
By the end of the course I should be able to:
1. Examine primary and secondary historical sources with a view to identifying events of local significance. 2. Analyse such sources in order to identify patterns which may be relevant to the outcomes of research. 3. Examine questions raised by apparent patterns or anomalies in source materials. 4. Discuss factual events within a local context and relate these to national developments.
How will I know I'm making progress?
Verbal feedback on progress will be indicated during group, whole class and individual discussion on set tasks based on interpretation of documents, photographs and statistical tables. It will also be indicated during informal individual discussions before and after sessions and during tea intervals.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
Notebook, pen,pencil and smart phone if available.
Reading and information sources
This is a local topic so there is very little secondary material. As a preparation the best general guide is Gregg, Pauline A Social and Economic History of Britain 1760-1955 Harrap 1960