Britain in the 1950s

Ref: C2338994

In the early fifties Britain was still recovering from the effects of World War Two. The British Empire was under threat and the Suez Canal Crisis threatened to destabilise the Conservative Government. Yet after the middle of the decade living standards began to improve. Britain seemed to be conformist and yet there were some cultural changes developing. Britain's relationship with the USA changed which was to affect both Britain and the Empire through out the decade. The Conservatives were in power for most of this decade. Was this a success? How did Nottingham fit into the changing landscape of fifties Britain?

Course aim

The aim is to introduce what life was like in 1950s Britain. Also to examine the part that Britain played in world events in the 1950s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the unique nature of the 1950s in Britain
  • Assess the impact of the Suez Crisis on Britain
  • Evaluate the role of the Conservative government
  • Explain cultural change during the 1950s.

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

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?

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Britain in the 1950s


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