This course has concessions available

New: Witchcraze!

The course will consider witch hunts in Britain, Europe and America from 1580 to 1700, including specific witch hunts and crazes on both sides of the Atlantic. Challenges to the witch craze will then be explored. It is hoped to include at least one exhibition visit.

Who is this course for

No previous knowledge of the topic is required.

What does this course cover

By the end of the course the students will have a good knowledge and understanding of:
North Berwick witches in Scotland, 1590-97, the Lancashire witches of 1604-13, the Great Witch-Hunt in Bamberg, Germany, 1623-32, Matthew Hopkins and the East Anglian witch craze, 1645-47, Cotton Mather and the Salem witch-hunt, 1692-93. We will then explore challenges to the witch craze, including changing attitudes to witchcraft in Britain and the wider intellectual context with the coming of age of science and reason.

What will it be like

A mix of interactive powerpoint lecturing, incorporating short video extracts, and a range of student activities. These include reading and reflecting on primary and secondary sources, sorting exercises (pair and group work), analysis of photographs and artwork, discussion.

What else do you need to buy or do

Bring a pen and note paper

What this course could lead to

This course could lead to other courses in the History section

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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