Interwar Years & Social Change

Ref: C2419113

In 1918 Lloyd George promised to make Britain ‘a land fit for heroes’. To what extent was this promise fulfilled over the next two decades? The course examines the great social changes occurring after 1918, changes in housing, health, education and women's suffrage. The workplace was changing and the General Strike and the Great Depression would dominate the industrial relations landscape. The foundations of a welfare state and a national health service were being laid. Life styles would be transformed by developments in cinema and radio, by the growth of the suburbs and Metroland, by the emergence of the motor car, and by the new labour saving devices in the home. The modern world was emerging as the Victorian and Edwardian worlds faded.

Course aim

The course will outline some of the main developments in the social history of the inter war period and their influence on modern day Britain

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:

  • Explain the effects of the First World War on British society
  • Describe some of the key developments in British social history after the First World War
  • Compare and contrast Britain in 1918 and Britain in 1938
  • 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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Interwar Years & Social Change


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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