The Later 17th Century

Ref: C2523654

The experiment of trying to govern the country without a king has now been going on for ten years and has failed. But a king who takes over after ten years of different sorts of government is likely to have problems. We shall very soon see Charles Stuart become King Charles II. What are his problems and how is this king who has spent his young adult years in exile going to cope with them?

Course aim

A lot of us have a general idea of the history of 17th-century England. We're interested in how and why the known events happened.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • If you are interested in the past and how society worked then, this course is suitable for you.

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

  • Understand the special difficulties of King Charles II because of his personal experiences.
  • Understand the re-foundation of the Church of England under the new king.
  • Identify with the fate of the leaders of the 1650s in the new regime.

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
  • This course aims to expose students to some of the source material for the period. Students will at times be given a text to take home and read.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • You will have a reading list and be encouraged to read anything you can find that relates to the period.

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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Join a local history group

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