A Grimy Thumbprint in the Margin of History - The Formative Period of the US

Ref: C3671056

'A grimy thumb print in the margin of history'? The formative period of the young United States in the early nineteenth century. Did you know Britain had another war with America in 1812, that British investment helped America move west, or even that President van Buren might have married Queen Victoria if Albert hadn't come along? Join Sid Brown and we'll find out more.

Course aim

To provide a basic knowledge and encourage further interest in the subject and appreciate its significance to us in the present.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate some awareness of the significant features of the subject
  • Have increased personal interest in the topic
  • Have identified realization of the subject's significance to today
  • Move on to further study of the topic
  • Have appreciated the frequent gaps between 'fact' and myth in perceptions of the topic

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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A Grimy Thumbprint in the Margin of History - The Formative Period of the US Course Outline

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