Britain versus Europe

Ref: C2224473

This 10 ten week course will identify why Britain has had a rocky relationship with Europe and the European Union. Week one looks at the historical development between Britain and Europe. Week two looks at the twentieth century. Week three looks at political developments in the 1950s. Week four looks at the 1970s to 1986. Week five looks at Thatcher and the European Union. Week six looks at Major and the European Union. Week seven looks at New Labour and the European Union. Week eight looks at Cameron and the European Union. Week nine looks at Brexit. And finally, week ten brings the issue up to date and ponders the future

Course aim

A history of Britain’s relationship with Continental Europe. From war, diplomacy, and politics, why is there always disagreement. Is the UK different and therefore not European?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify the historical development between Britain and the European Union
  • Identify the main arguments for and against Britain's relationship with Europe
  • Recall key terminology
  • Identify famous historical figures, politicians, and historians
  • Evaluate Britain's relationship with Europe

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
  • Keep informed of the news during and after the course to see the political developments between Britain and the European Union.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • pens, pencils, and paper to write on.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Go on to take history at GCSE, AS, or A level.

Download full course outline

Britain versus Europe 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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