The Edwardian Age

Ref: C2224450

When Victoria died, most people could not remember any other monarch. Many felt that the old “certainties” of life had been swept away. We look at aspects of the social, spiritual, economic and political history of her son’s reign in a century of adaptation to changing perceptions. What would be the impact and legacy of Edward VII and the Edwardian years?

Course aim

To investigate aspects of social, economic and political life in the Edwardian 'Golden' Age, including social conditions, industry, progress and change. Were clouds massing on the horizon?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Participate in discussion about some aspects of British social, spiritual, economic and political history, from approximately 1901 to 1910.
  • Identify some factors which demonstrate the conflict between Queen Victoria’s perception of the role of the monarchy and the views of her son and successor, King Edward VII.
  • Participate in discussion about the reasons for (and connections between) an increasing political awareness amongst the working classes, instances of industrial unrest and the increase in Trade Union membership.
  • Investigate whether Britain still had a claim to the title “The Workshop of the World” or whether she was losing her position as the world’s leading economic power.
  • Evaluate the impact and legacy of the Edwardian age.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Hand-outs will be provided. You may wish to bring pen/notebook/highlighters for own note-taking.

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
  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • tutor can suggest further research/follow-on activities.

Download full course outline

The Edwardian Age Course Outline


You can 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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