People Make Their Own History

Ref: C3838091

Study key protests held in Manchester, a city at the forefront of radical protest. From Peterloo, the Chartists; to the struggles of the 1930’s; fighting Section 28; Stop the War, and the struggles today. A learning experience in association with the People’s History Museum.

Course aim

To better understand the process of how 'people make their own history' through a study of the key demonstrations and protest held in the Manchester area.

Who is the course for?

Aimed at people who want to get a sense of how people make their own history. No other qualification required.

What topics will this course cover

1. The Peterloo protesters; 2. The Chartists General Strike of 1842; 3. Marx and Engels in Manchester; 4. The protests in the 1930's over unemployment, against fascism, and to win access to the countryside; 5. March against Section 28 and for LGBT rights; 6. The Time To Go! march against war; 7. Social media, Russell Brand and the 'anonymous.' 8. Visits to the galleries and to the Study Archive of the People's History Museum.

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:

Identify and have knowledge of a range of key protests held in the Manchester. Have gained a better insight into the process of historical change. Explore and debate historical and political questions. Reflect on personal beliefs and opinions.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Ongoing feedback in light of discussions, questions, and opinions. Individual feedback via email.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

None required

Reading and information sources

Printed materials are available for all on enrollment. An email of reading lists will be sent out ahead of course starting. The best book to read is, The Vote: How It Was Won and How It Was Undermined, by Paul Foot.)

What could the course lead to?

Personal research

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People Make Their Own History Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2015
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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