The Post-War World 1945-c1973

Ref: C2224343

A broadly chronological sequence is followed. Within that chronology three main themes are considered: the origins and development of the Cold War, including topics such as the Korean War and the Cuban Missile Crisis; conflict in the Middle East, including the foundation of the state of Israel and the wars of 1956, 1967 and 1973; and the end of European empires overseas, including British departure from India and France's Algerian trauma.

Course aim

To give an understanding of the events that shaped the modern world in the years 1945 to c.1973.

Who is the course for?

- No previous study is necessary, although any knowledge which you have on the broad outlines of twentieth century history will, of course, be useful. The main requirement is to adopt a thoughtful and questioning approach to the issues raised.

What topics will this course cover

- 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 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:

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- All learning materials will be provided. Most students find it useful to bring a pen and pad for personal note-taking.

Reading and information sources

- A list of suggested reading will be provided at the commencement of the course.

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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The Post-War World 1945-c1973 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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