The Georgian Era: Rebellions, Reaction and reforms

Ref: C2419105

The eighteenth century is often referred to as the Age of Reason, when Enlightenment thought flourished and rapid advances were made in science. The industrial revolution, trade and Empire were producing a dramatic growth in the wealth of the nation. But not all was well. The Hanoverian period had begun with a contested royal succession - the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 attempted to restore the Stuarts to the throne. Religious and political divisions would later fracture society. And the period ended with protests and campaigns for political reform. The course will examine some of the main social and political developments in the period, from leisure to poverty, from law and order to political reform, from canals to railways.The course will also explore the contributions of some of the leading figures, writers and artists of the period - Samuel Johnson, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Paine, William Hogarth, Georgiana Cavendish. The course will include a guided walk or a visit

Course aim

The course will examine developments in the social and political history of the Hanoverian period and their impact on the modern world

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an interest in history

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

  • Identify key features of the industrial revolution
  • Describe key events in the movement for the extension of the vote
  • Describe the influence of at least one key figure of the period
  • Compare and contrast Britain at the beginning and at the end of the Georgian era
  • Demonstrate research into individual interests

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

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

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?

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