The History of Shopping

Ref: C3528767

This lively, fast paced session will examine how retailing evolved from medieval markets through the centuries to the modern day. It will examine how retailers adapted to the increasing demands from customers for an ever widening range of products as they became available or to a new fashion trend that had to be accommodated. The session will explain how retailers responded to life changing innovations such as window glass, electric light, the employment of women and the demands of workers for better conditions. In conclusion, if you have an interest in the everyday lives of ordinary people and in shopping this course will fascinate you.

Additional information about this course

Change of venue as advertised within the brochure, course taking place at The M Shed

Course aim

To explore how shopping has been influenced by social change from the medieval period, through the centuries, to the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Record a minimum of three major factors that have influenced the development of the modern shopping experience.
  • Identify a minimum of three methods that retailers used to attract customers in order to sell their products.
  • Identify a minimum of two sources of reference materials that can be utilised if you wish to explore the subject in more detail.

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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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The History of Shopping


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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