History and Sociology: London South of the River

Ref: C3740040

Lambeth, Southwark and Rotherhithe will be introduced through their early history and development. They are all very different from each other and we will explore their particular features and functions.

Additional information about this course

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. To put your name on a waiting list please contact Sheila Must of Wokingham Branch on sheilamust@fsmail.net Three sessions will be visits to London - dates TBA. Half term: 31/05/2017.

Course aim

We will examine the history and development of three former villages on the south side of the River Thames- Lambeth, Southwark and Rotherhithe

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

We will begin with the early history of each village, follow the different ways in which they developed and their main features today. As well as looking at their industrial roles we will also consider the parts they play in entertainment and leisure pursuitsindutry, entertainment

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. Name the main riverside features of each village 2.Compare and contrast 2 or 3 different churches in the areas 3. Describe 3 of the bridges studied 4. Describe some of the different architectural styles in 3 of the main buildings

How will I know I'm making progress?

Question and answer sessions, revision of each session and taking part in open discussions with the other students

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

A copy of the London A-Z book of maps, fares to London for 1 visit to the area and suitable clothing and footwear for the walk

Reading and information sources

Any background reading about the River Thames through these villages and anything about the villages themselves

What could the course lead to?

Further courses about London, becoming a London Guide

Download full course outline

History and Sociology: London South of the River Course Outline


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