The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution

Ref: C2419200

Enlightenment ideas would inspire dramatic change in Britain, France and America in the eighteenth century. In Britain, advances in science and technology helped produce an industrial revolution and an industrial workforce. In America and France, political revolutions were based on Enlightenment ideas of democracy. The course examines these developments and some of the key figures involved, from Wedgwood to Watt, from Franklin to Rousseau. The course will include a guided walk or a visit.

Course aim

The course will examine Enlightenment ideas and their influence on the industrial revolution in Britain and on the political revolutions in America and France

Who is the course for?

- 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

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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, do or bring?

- 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

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 could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course outline

The Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • 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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