English History: Part One - The Victorians

Ref: C2419058

This course is the first part of a two-part study of the Victorian age. It will provide insights into the period though a study of its main themes and the lives of individual Victorians. It will begin with the Queen and Prince Albert looking at their personal lives and the political significance of their partnership. How important was the monarchy in an age of growing pressure for democracy? It will study the political developments of the period and in particular the movements for parliamentary reform. Through case studies of scientists, writers and artists it will discuss intellectual and cultural achievements. The nature of personal relationships will be studied through analyses of Victorian marriages and love affairs. It is hoped that students will be able to access Queen Victoria’s diaries, now available online from the Royal Archives.

Course aim

To provide an insight to the Victorian age through studies of the main themes of the period and the lives of individual Victorians.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the main political developments of the Victorian period
  • appreciate the achievements of Victorian literature, paintings, and scientific discovery
  • relate the personal lives of individual Victorians to the wider themes of the period
  • access the relevant material from the Royal Archives

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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English History: Part One - The Victorians


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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