Britain: conflict and peace 1945-c1950

Ref: C2339160

We will look at conflict before and after the end of the War. The fear of communism, begnnings of Cold War and Stalin's actions at the end of the war will be looked at in the context of West versus East. We will look at what happened to the Empire including India. The conflict around the creation of Israel will be studied. The impact of Britain's changed world status and what it meant for it's citizens forms part of the course. Peace and the change this meant for those living in the British Isles is a theme that is at the centre of the course and so closer to home we will look at the election of 1945 and the attempts of the Labour government to create a better world. The changing home front and events like the Olympics will be examined so that we can gain an understanding of life for the austerity generation.

Course aim

The purpose is to provide an introduction to Britain 1945 - 1950 by examining conflict and the peace that followed to enable an understanding of the significance of this period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Interpret the impact of World War II on the British Empire.
  • Describe in detail the relationship between GB and the USA during the period 1945-1950.
  • Evaluate the significance of NATO.
  • Assess the changes made to the health system in Britain.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Britain: conflict and peace 1945-c1950 Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • 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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