Bombs, Beveridge and New Beginnings
We will look at the Five Great Evils identified in Beveridge's report and examine how the modern Welfare State was set up to tackle them.
To give students an understanding of how inter-war developments and WW2 impacted on social change and led to the establishment of the welfare state. To develop students' personal research skills through studying a related topic of personal interest (optional).
Who is the course for?
No previous experience etc required. An interest in history will be useful.
What topics will this course cover
Learners will look at events of the 1920s and 30s and the social and welfare problems these revealed. We will examine each of the Five Evils in the Beveridge Report and trace the problems these reveal. We will particularly examine housing, unemployment and health reform, looking at thinking and campaigning in the years before WW2 and how these were reflected in the establishment of the modern welfare state in the 1940s. We will also look at the legacy of those issues and how they still play a role in our expectations of the welfare state today.
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:
List three pieces of social welfare legislation that laid the foundations of the modern welfare state in Britain Describe the "Five Giant Evils" listed in the Beveridge Report Explain how the 1942 Beveridge Report was received, and its impact Discuss the sources and causes of opposition to the setting up of the welfare state Describe some of the limitations and legacy of the welfare state
How will I know I'm making progress?
Informal assessment though Q&A sessions, quizzes and regular review of Individual Learning Plans. Individual tutor feed-back.
What else do I need to know, do or bring?
A notepad and pen will be helpful for making notes.
Reading and information sources
To be provided by the tutor at each session. Handouts of any presentations etc will be provided.
What could the course lead to?
Further history-related courses. Contributing to local or family history publications and websites with research outcomes.
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This course is not available for online enrolment.
Please call 0113 245 3304 to enquire about enrolling on this course.