Between the Wars - an East Midlands Focus

Ref: C2337903

Among the topics that the course will be covering will be the impact of the aftermath of the Great War on our local area including the devastating flu pandemic of 1918, the coming of motorised transport and its effects on local economic and social life and town planning, the levelling off in the expansion of Leicester's population with recognition in the form of its acquisition of University and City status, the continuing problem of working class housing and the beginning of slum clearance and council housing and the first estates, and the effects of alternate decades of "boom" and "bust" on the population of town and county. We will be studying all of these against the background of national and international inter-war events of these two turbulent decades.

Course aim

The course will aim to introduce students to the various aspects of the history of Leicestershire from the end of the First World War to the outbreak of the Second.

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

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

  • Evaluate the impact of the aftermath of the Great War and events like the great flu pandemic of 1918 on our local area.
  • Provide examples to see how Leicester acquired increased status in recognition of its burgeoning population.
  • Evaluate the economic impact of the two decades of "boom" and "bust" on our local area and compare with other regions in the UK.
  • Identify the reasons why working class housing still continued to be such a problem after the Great War and the steps taken by local authorities to deal with the problem.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show the effects of changes in transport on lifestyles of local people and on the street pattern of Leicester.

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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • A learner pack will be provided each week which can be filed to provide a permanent record of the course.

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

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

Download full course outline

Between the Wars - an East Midlands Focus Course Outline


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  • 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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