This Land is Your Land

Ref: C2228546

In the mind's eye, the UK is an ancient country built on images of 'Jerusalem' and Magna Carta and the mother of all Parliaments. In reality, its boundaries and citizenship have shifted endlessly even over the last century as the combination of loss of Empire, industrial decline, devolution, immigration, globalisation and EU membership/Brexit have fundamentally changed who we are and how we see ourselves. Some have benefited from these tumultuous changes and others have lost out badly. We will take a look at how different groups of people have fared in the UK and why, focusing particularly on questions of ownership, identity and belonging. Our ultimate purpose, in a country that most would agree is currently badly divided, is to seek ideas and values upon which we can all agree and build a new and inclusive sense of 'patriotism'.

Course aim

We will look at the UK, what it is and who owns it, who lives here and how our identities and attitudes have been shaped by history, politics and law. We all have an affinity to the UK and can share how we identify with it as individuals.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • talk about how the history, politics and law of the UK have made it into the complex country it has become
  • understand the basis of sometimes deep political and religious differences among UK citizens
  • talk about my identity as a UK citizen and understand more about how my beliefs and values might not be shared by others
  • contribute to debate about finding values around which the whole population can come together and celebrate being from the UK

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

It would be helpful to think about what aspects of your life make up your 'identity' as a person - it might be heritage, beliefs, values, gender, career, family or a mixture of all of them. What matters to you in your relationship to your country? What makes you proud to say where you are from?

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

This Land is Your Land

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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