The Early Sixties in Britain

Ref: C2338995

The early sixties have much in common with the 1950s but there were changes even in the first five years. The conservative government found itself with problems across the Empire which led to decolonisation. Culturally new music emerged. Saturday night and Sunday morning and the Loneliness of the Long Distant runner show cased the talents of Nottingham author Alan Sillitoe. A new labour government weas elected and Britain was on the edge of becoming the Swinging Sixties.

Course aim

The aim is to provide a brief introduction to the early 1960s including the Macmillan government, decolonisation, cultural trends and elections.

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 early 1960s.
  • Explain the election of the Labour government
  • Assess the extent of change across the British Empire

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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The Early Sixties in Britain


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