A History of Knowledge and Power in Britain 1800-1939

Ref: C3679758

The course investigates the historical relationship between education, knowledge and power. Why is education important to society? In the past, who had access to mainstream education, and who did not, and why? How did education change from 1800 to 1939, and to whose benefit? How did those who were excluded from mainstream education get educated in other ways? To find the answers, we will study the social, economic and political history of Britain, and particularly the development of voluntary adult education from 1800 to 1939. Topics covered include the enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the labour movement. We will study adult education organisations like the Mechanics Institutes, university extension, and the WEA. By the end of the course, students will have a good working knowledge of both traditional British history and the innovations of the adult education movement in extending knowledge and power to those without it.

Course aim

To explore the social, economic and political history of Britain in relation to the origins and development of the voluntary adult education movement from 1800 to 1939

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:

  • Devise my own chronology of the history of Britain and the adult education movement. This means that you will be able to identify key historical events that you consider important that occurred from 1800 to 1939 and place them in a timeline of the history of modern Britain.
  • Use my reading and understanding of primary and secondary source texts as evidence to describe and explain the origins and development of nineteenth and twentieth century historical processes and movements eg, the Industrial Revolution, the labour movement and universal suffrage.
  • Use my reading and understanding of primary and secondary source texts as evidence to discuss and explain the origins and development of the adult education movement from 1800 to 1939.
  • Present an optional five minute presentation to the class on any aspect of the course that interests you most.
  • Identify, discuss, debate and analyse different historical interpretations made by historians to explain historical events from 1800 to 1939. Aim, ultimately, to put forward your own historical interpretations based on the evidence.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You don not need bring anything to the class. All reading and activities will be supplied.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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A History of Knowledge and Power in Britain 1800-1939

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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

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