Imperial Destiny: The British Empire 1500-2000

Ref: C2224352

"Imperial Destiny" examines the factors that created the British Empire, the elements and efforts that sustained it, the circumstances of its decline and the marks that it has left on the World today.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

More than a third of the states that comprise the UN have at some time been part of the British Empire. This course aims to examine how a small island off the North Western cost of Europe became the principal power in a world dominated by Europe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify three key factors in the success of Britain in the creation of an Empire.
  • Understand the particular problems inherent in a sea power based Empire.
  • Give three reasons for the demise of the British Empire in the 20th century.

How will I be taught?

  • Lectures and group discussions with some background reading .

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Imperial Destiny: The British Empire 1500-2000 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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