Multicultural Leicester through the Ages

Ref: C2338810

Beginning with the Celts we will be looking at the various groups which have impacted on the nature of our local area and people covering the Roman Invasion, the subsequent collapse of their Empire and coming of the Angles, the Danish invasions around the first Millennium and the Norman Conquest and the lasting effects of all these. The course will move on to consider more modern population movements including Irish immigration during the Industrial Revolution, wartime refugees and the postwar influx of people from the Caribbean, Commonwealth and those expelled from Uganda during the Amin regime. We will conclude by a modern overview of Leicester as a multicultural city.

Course aim

To give an overview of the effects of the influx and absorption of various ethnic groups on our local area from pre-Roman to modern times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only requirement is an interest in learning about local history ip an open minded way.

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

  • Explain the economic and other reasons for various ethnic groups either invading or migrating to the East Midlands over the period studied.
  • Provide evidence and examples of the lasting influence of ethnic groups who have settled in the East Midlands over the period studied.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show how the various incoming groups have gradually blended to give our area its distinctive character.
  • Evaluate various sources to show how the various groups have been either resented or accepted at different times by the existing population of the area.
  • Provide an analysis of the various ethnic and religious groups who have arrived in our area since the Second World War to achieve Leicester's status as a fully multicultural city.

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
  • Any time spent on following up lines of enquiry outside session time will be more than welcome; share the results of your findings with the rest of the class.

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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 weekly learner pack will be provided. A notebook would be useful for noting down incidental matters and a ring binder to keep the learner packs as a permanent record of the course for future reference.

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

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Multicultural Leicester through the Ages


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