The Age of Revolutions - an East Midlands focus

Ref: C2337880

Revolution in farming with the coming of new methods and enclosures; revolution in transport by way of turnpike roads and canals, and the beginnings of an industrial revolution. All this against the background of political revolution in America and France. The course will examine how all of these impacted on our local area.

Course aim

To introduce students to various aspects of East Midlands history, transport, farming, industrial, including political and social impact in the period from 1760 to the French Revolutionary era.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No formal requirements - just an interest in and an enthusiasm for local history.

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

  • Provide examples to show how the economic and social life of rich and poor people in our area changed during the period studied.
  • Evaluate various sources to understand why the political life of town and county was so full of animosity during the period studied.
  • Identify the main elements in the development of the hosiery industry and the reasons why the economic conditions of framework knitting were so volatile.
  • Explain the results of new developments in agriculture both on the landscape and in the life and welfare of local inhabitants.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show the effects of new developments in transport on the local economy.

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
  • There will be no formal assessment, but a revision quiz on the previous week's session will be held at the beginning of each session, and there will be continuous reinforcement by way of discussion and re-visiting topics.

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A learner pack will be provided for each session which will become a permanent record of the course for future reference. A ring binder to keep these in would be useful. A notebook and pen for jotting down incidental information would also be useful.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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The Age of Revolutions - an East Midlands focus Course Outline


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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