The Later 17th Century

Ref: C2523849

The country has had eleven hard years in which to try to run itself without a king. Now in the summer of 1660 there is a new king who has had more experience of Europe than of Britain. How is he going to cope? Will the country re-unite, will it be able to re-establish the machinery that used to run it? The king was able to come back and take over without offering the people a land flowing with milk and honey, but he did suggest some things that he and Parliament would do? Is he going to be as good as his word?

Course aim

To introduce you to a fascinating century. This term we shall be watching Charles II establish himself on the throne and work out how to be king.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • If you are interested in the past you will enjoy this course.

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

  • Evaluate at least 4 English 17th-century documents
  • Take part in at least 8 discussions
  • Identify with parallels between the 17th and 21st century

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
  • You will sometimes be given a copy or transcript of a source document and asked to read it at home and come back with comment or questions.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The point of internet access for this course is simply that it will enable you to access some printed material that may be useful; several of the present class members have no internet access and manage perfectly well.

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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The Later 17th Century


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