Democracy Left and Right, Fascism and Resurrections 1815 – 2017

Ref: C2224367

Popular franchise was largely effected by protest and popular movements: We consider views from world cities including: London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome. Moscow, Tokyo and New York focussing on urbanisation, class formation and fluctuating economic and social inequality. Particular years, for example 1848 and 1917, could define an epoch, yet arguably a decade rather than ten days "changed the world". News and the sensation of watching history became blurred by consumerist and market values. What did liberalism, democracy, socialism and fascism mean in practice?

Course aim

To provide an introduction to liberalism, parliamentary democracy, socialism and fascism from 1815 to now, with focus on British and Irish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and US trajectories.

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 post-1945 fascism, racism and incitement.
  • Identify media bias in reporting world affairs, and distnguish between precipitants and causes
  • Question the impact of universal franchise on parliamentary democracy, in societies including Britain, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US
  • Relate popular movements to specific transnational and social shifts in consciousness and legal rights
  • Describe nuclear and environmental uncertainties

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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?

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Democracy Left and Right, Fascism and Resurrections 1815 – 2017


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