Literature taster

Course Dates: 11/01/20
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Patricia Sweeney

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 Build so special.


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 Film at Build, with specialist teaching interests in modern and contemporary literature, drama and film adaptation. In addition to her work at Build, Patricia has taught literature courses for the Open University and Literature, Drama and Film courses for Birkbeck, University of London.

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 winter term - January -April 2020.

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 prose and poetry
-Become famililar with the Literature courses on offer at the Build for the winter term - Jan - April 2020.

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 and reading in class.

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

None - you will be given copies of the poems and short stories. Bring a pen and paper.

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

Look up Literature courses in the prospectus under Humanities or on the website under History, Culture and Writing at

General information and advice on courses at Build 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

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: HLT38

Sat, day, 11 Jan - 11 Jan '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £19.00
Senior fee: £19.00
Concession: £10.00

Or call to enrol: 222-66-889-99

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or call 020 7492 2652

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