Discover the traumatic effects of war on those that survive it, from the soldiers on the front lines to the civilians at home.
On the 3rd November 2014, The Open University are running a free online course entitled World War 1: Trauma and Memory.
The course is expected to take about 2 hours a week to complete and will last for a duration of three weeks. I have already signed up for this course in the hope it will assist in furthering my knowledge on World War One. It may even offer me a new approach with the final draft of a book I am compiling which is dedicated to my Great Grand Uncle, John George Woods who died during the Second Battle of Ypres on the 26th April 1915.
Below is a brief overview of the course which is still open to enrol if anyone was interested, more information is available by using the link below.
You will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also the effects of the First World War on civilian populations. In this three-week course, you will discover just how devastating the effects of the First World War were in terms of casualties across the many combatant nations and look in depth at the problem of ‘shell shock’ and how deeply it affected the lives of those who lived through it. You will also develop the skills to carry out your own independent research. Source: World War 1: Trauma and Memory