Democracy Left and Right: Fascism and Resurrections 1815 – 2017

Ref: C2224349

We will explore from Waterloo to Peterloo, the fear of liberalism and democracy, and the victories of the vanquished. Discussing how the extensions of franchise, citizenship and constitutions allow, under pressure, for exceptions to the rule of law. Consent and compulsion are explored, with particular focus on Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Russia and US.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

What does Left and Right signify? From Waterloo and Peterloo through 1848 and 1917 to 2017 does liberalism, democracy, socialism and fascism too have new clothes ?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Define liberalism, democracy, fascism in a historical context
  • Describe global shifts underlying nationalist myths.
  • Empathise with arguments for and against sociial and economic transformations 1815 - 2017.
  • Distinguish between precipitants and causes of revolutions, and counter-revolutions
  • Discuss why particular social groups might support or resist political campaigns and demands.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Democracy Left and Right: Fascism and Resurrections 1815 – 2017


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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 2017
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