History | The Novel as Social History | A Matter of Class - Upper, Middle and Lower Class, Domestic Life and Division

Course Type: Adult leisure and hobby Campus: Central Brighton Campus

Why this course?

ESOL student reading a book

This term we look at class - from the poorest, coping with hardship, to the aspiring middle class and the excesses of the wealthy upper class. Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life which can lead us into a deeper understanding of the subject. Through study, we might deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest in a time, place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trends. We will explore some darker moments but also wit and humour.  

You are expected to participate in group discussion and this term’s novels include: 

  • The Nether World by George Gissing
  • The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  • The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
  • They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple
  • Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett 


Please request full reading list from tutor Sarah Tobias: sarah.tobias@gbmc.ac.uk 

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
CL0026-1C 26 Sep 2020 Central Brighton Fortnightly Saturdays - 11am - 2pm 5 fortnightly Saturdays £95.00

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will gain a deeper understanding of class. Within every piece of fiction is a wealth of information on culture and social life, which can lead us to a deeper understanding of a subject, time or place, period in history, genre, working conditions, habits, style or social trend that we might pursue further, or deepen our knowledge and intensify our interest. 

You will be expected to participate in group discussion and this term’s novels include: 

  • The Nether World by George Gissing
  • The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison
  • The House in Dormer Forest by Mary Webb
  • They Knew Mr Knight by Dorothy Whipple
  • Manservant and Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett

Please request full reading list from tutor Sarah Tobias: sarah.tobias@gbmc.ac.uk. 

Why the MET?

  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • High quality learning resource centres providing library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Course fees

The course fees are £95.00 for 5 fortnightly Saturdays. 

This course is eligible for a 50% discount if you are in receipt of certain benefits. This discounted fee is shown as category B below: 

A. £95.00

B. £47.50

Find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for this discount here.

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