Democracy aint what it used to be

Ref: C2346979

As late as 1830 UK elections were held in public and open to barely 1 in 20 people. The first general election with one adult, one vote was in 1950. Inbetween, huge popular campaigns shook the nation as people fought and sometimes died on UK soil just to get a voice. This session will tell their story and ask why so many of us no longer seem to value what they achieved.

Course aim

The right to vote defines democracy. For many people in the UK , it is less than 100 years old. Many fought and died to achieve it. This is the history of how it came about and a plea that we should all cherish it more than we do.

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 the history of democracy in the UK
  • understand how the right for all adults to vote was achieved
  • discuss barriers to greater political participation for 'ordinary' people like us

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Please think about why you vote, why it matters to you and what would encourage you to get more involved in political debate.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Democracy aint what it used to be


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