Sheffield Activism- Rebellion to Cold War

Ref: C3674989

Sheffield as a City has a long and turbulent history of people's activism. From religious rebellion to C19th Chartists, From the city's radical press to the country's earliest Women's suffrage movement, you can gain an understanding of why the city was a hotbed of radicalism and anti-establishment activism. Exploring more about the Outrages, Murder & Mayhem in the city's history and some of the key players involved, analysing the sources of dissent and the people of Sheffield's role in political, economic & religious reform from the 1500s up to 1950

Course aim

To provide an understanding of the role of Sheffield and it's people in the history of religious, economic & political reform from the 16th Century to 1950 to learn about our shared activist history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss the sources of discontent, activism and protest and the way they manifest in action
  • discuss the balance of power in early Sheffield, whether religious, economic or political
  • discuss the political and social reforms championed by the working people and activists of Sheffield along with the pros & cons of the violence that sometimes accompanied these campaigns,
  • discuss the blooming of socialism in the city and some of the 'characters' and organisations involved.
  • discuss the impact of conflict & protest in the early 20thC and the changing face of Socialism in & out of power and how this informs the future of activism.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • materials for note taking would be useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Become involved as a volunteer with campaigning groups in the city and beyond.

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Sheffield Activism- Rebellion to Cold War


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