Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism and Fascism, with Revolutions on Board - Part 2

Ref: C2419250

The aftermath of Russian revolutions, and the swift decline of the League of Nations were linked to the advent of fascist governments in Italy, then Germany and Japan. The second world war's outcomes included the defeat of fascism, and hopes for the United Nations. But the cold war aroused fresh conflicts of ideas, with underlying nuclear and ecological fears. The course explores these inter related themes in depth.

Course aim

The aim is to provide a nuanced overview, with focus on 1919-1990, of key national and transnational transitions, including competing ideologies, in practice as well as theory.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Compare and contrast the League of Nations and the United Nations
  • Explain the rise of fascism in Italy, then in other societies.
  • Relate the cold war to nuclear fear
  • Consuder the roles of regional organisations, for example the EU and, BRICS, in promoting stability in a shifting international environment.
  • Define presentism, xenophobia and invented traditions, with a focus on media and education.

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

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Liberalism, Democracy, Socialism and Fascism, with Revolutions on Board - Part 2 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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