Victorian London, from side to side

Ref: C2419221

Victorian London was the biggest city in the world. It can appear to be a place of unwavering certainty, but this was a period of enormous social, intellectual and physical change. It makes our own society seem slow by comparison. Scientific changes brought fundamental shifts in how life was lived from medicine to domestic life. In 1837 a stagecoach from London to Brighton took nine hours, but 20 years later ordinary Londoners could visit for a day trip on the train. The course will look at the city from rookerie slums to the new suburbs. It will examine how railways, sewers and public lighting transformed the city. With slides, contemporary writing and discussion the course will bring this crucial era of British history to life. Accompanies “Victorian London: from top to bottom” that looked more at the social structure of the city.

Course aim

To provide an understanding of the dynamic changes in look and feel of London through the Victorian period.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed

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

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:

1. Appreciate the influence of the Victorian city on modern London 2. Distinguish historical fact from fiction 3. Have a fuller understanding of how historical events have formed the city’s population as we know it today 4. Understand which strands in the city’s development are continue to this day and which were specific to the 19th century

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

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- It is useful to have a pen and notebook to take notes.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but you may find it useful to read relevant books, such as AN Wilson's The Victorians

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider

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Victorian London, from side to side 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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