The Making of Modern Britain (1714-1970s)

Ref: C3125290

There will be 7 sessions each within a two-hour time slot (with a break for refreshments). Each will consist of an illustrated talk, together with discussion on the topic concerned. We will review the main historical events of the period, but the main emphasis will be social, looking at the lives of British people from the accession of the Hanoverians to the first three quarters of the twentieth century, at the same time exploring how these were affected by wider historical events and trends

Course aim

The course aims to review, or possibly introduce for the first time the history of Britain and the British people during the period 1714 to the mid 1970's

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for an interested general audience. It does not matter whether you have totally forgotten school history, have never understood it, or whether you wish to expand your previous knowledge or to put it into context.

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

  • know how British people lived throughout this period Know the main historical events of this period .
  • Understand the processes of change which brought about the Industrial Revolution, Victorian society, and the many changes of the Twentieth Century, particularly the World Wars.
  • To appreciate the effects that these changes had on the lives of people at various levels of society
  • To compare the changes of the Twentieth Century and their effect s on the lives of different generations of British people
  • To have an appreciation of the way that British people of all kinds and levels of society lived during the last 250 years.

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
  • Based on each of the talks, students will be invited to discuss and comment upon the issues raised. Suggestions for optional extra research and reading will be given

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
  • we will continuously review the progress of the course. There will be outline notes provided to help with continuity and to help those who may miss a session

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There will be an optional reading list for further research, . Outline notes will be provided to ensure continuity for those who may miss a session, together with a timeline of the major events of the period

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • I see the course primarily as an opportunity for students to enlarge or refresh their knowledge of the subject, but this does not precude any who wish to to use it as an introduction to a more advanced course of study on part or all of the subject

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