Saturday Lecture: 18th Century Women in Politics

Ref: C2418555

Although eighteenth-century women could not vote, enter Parliament or hold public office, elite women had considerable influence in politics as controllers of parliamentary seats and as canvassers in elections. Their roles were accepted, but were sometimes controversial.

Additional information about this course

No concessions are available for Saturday Lectures.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the role of elite women in the politics of the eighteenth century.

Who is the course for?

Anyone interested in this period of history and politics

What topics will this course cover

The course will explain the nature of Georgian politics and show how, as members of ruling aristocratic families, women were expected to play political roles. Students will be shown case studies of prominent political women, and, through a study of contemporary caricatures, it will be explained why the activities of the Duchess of Devonshire were so controversial.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

1. Understand the nature of Georgian politics 2. Name some prominent political women 3. Interpret some Georgian political caricatures

How will I know I'm making progress?

N/A

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

N/A

Reading and information sources

No prior reading is necessary

What could the course lead to?

Students could read some biographies of political women or visit the National Portrait Gallery.

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Saturday Lecture: 18th Century Women in Politics Course Outline

Conditions

You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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