Transports of Delight

Ref: C2224628

The need of society for communication and trade has given rise to many modes of transport; trains, boats and planes and many more will be considered on this course. Transport was for centuries related to the forces of nature - wind and animal power were harnessed for man's benefit, resulting in sea and river journeys being preferred. Over the past two centuries man-made power sources have enabled greater speed and capacity to be achieved, at the cost of the development of complex infrastructures. From the advance of civilisation and the spread of ideas to the availability of exotic foodstuffs and the growth of towns; all these and more owe a heavy debt to the existence of transport.

Course aim

By considering the history and development of the various modes of transport that have been used in this country, we will consider which modes remain relevant, and seek reasons for the decline of those no longer prominent.

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:

  • Explain the importance of transport to the development of this country
  • Recall the principal innovations which have been applied to transportation systems
  • Identify a variety of differing modes of transport
  • Consider the implications of continuing our present reliance on certain modes of transport, and consider the merits of alternatives

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

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
  • 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

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Transports of Delight


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