The Georgian Era: Britain, Europe and Empire

Ref: C2419111

The eighteenth century saw a consolidation of the British Empire in India and the West Indies, the loss of the American colonies and the gaining of new colonies in Australia. For much of the century Britain was involved in European wars. And in Scotland and Ireland discontent was never far below the surface. All these events fuelled political debate in Britain and would have important consequences for Britain's power, wealth and trade. The course examines some of the key events of the period, such as the American and French Revolutions and will include either a guided walk or a visit.

Course aim

The course will examine some of the main developments in Britain's relationship with the rest of the world in the Georgian era and the implications for British society

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 events leading up to the American and French Revolutions
  • Discuss some of the main political issues concerning Ireland and Scotland
  • Describe at least one of the key political figures of the period
  • Relate events of the period to modern day Britain
  • 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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The Georgian Era: Britain, Europe and Empire


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