Day School - Economic History 1500-2000

Ref: C3528525

The area around Bath has a long history in respect of natural resource development (minerals, transport, agriculture, towns and manufacture) that has forged the character of the region. The course will focus on diversity of landscape and openness to neighbouring areas of Britain and beyond. The region contrasts with other British regions in terms of the nature and pace of development. We will explore changes in the rural landscape including the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the 'Agricultural Revolution', the origins of industry (notably textiles) in the modern period, changes in transport (turnpike roads, canals, railways and motorways) as well as the role of ports and urban development. The course will treat regional economic history systematically, concentrating upon impacts on the landscape that are evident today. There will be copious slides illustrating the diversity of the region and plenty of opportunities to contribute to the class and interact with the tutor.

Additional information about this course

Non SFA course. No fee remittance

Course aim

Using examples from the Bath and South West region of England, we will explore economic changes as they affect the landscape from Tudor times to the modern period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Have achieved a basic understanding of the physical basis of the region, especially in terms of geology
  • Understand the historic basis for key sectors of the economy that have shaped the region
  • Appreciate the dynamics of economic change in the Bath area for the early modern and modern periods
  • Be able to explore the region with fresh eyes that have an understanding of how economic development has affected the landscape

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students should bring own note-taking material of their choice for example pen and paper or laptop.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • For interested individuals a reading list will be sent out in advance

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • No formal qualification will be provided, however students may wish to explore other options for further learning in the areas covered in thsi course including formal further and higher education.

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Day School - Economic History 1500-2000


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