A Century of Mainly British Buildings

Ref: C2224654

You will read plans, elevations and photographs of buildings, learning their particular language. You will take a long view of un-noticed, possibly hum drum or even “hideous” structures; in order to re- evaluate them and put them in a wider context. The course will be split into 3 time phases; pre World War 2, 1940 - 1980, and contemporary building. You will look at middle class houses, housing, institutional architecture and the workplace. Lastly you will turn our attention to the buildings you are learning in and see where they fit in

Course aim

During this course, you will view a mix of un-noticed, possibly hum drum or even “hideous” structures as well as acknowledged masterpieces and explore their links and social context.

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:

  • "Walk" a visitor through a house plan
  • Create a timeline of 20 British buildings
  • Identify a Brutalist building
  • Discuss which kinds of architecture I prefer

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?

  • 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?

  • Bring a notebook and pen

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

Download full course outline

A Century of Mainly British Buildings 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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