Victorian Scandals

Ref: C3671522

This course will explore issues that led to public scandals in Victorian England. The four themes will look at politics, sexuality, marriage and society. The sessions will include illustrated talks and workshop sessions to explore original sources and discuss the issues that they raise. Students will be able to gain a wider understanding of Victorian society and how double standards were often applied. Also they will look at the role of journalism and social historians in exposing scandals and the impact of these revelations.

Course aim

This course will look at four themes that scandalised Victorian Society and led to changes in the law, social attitudes and the lives of thousands of Victorians.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • A wider awareness of social conventions in the Victorian era
  • An appreciation of the changes in attitudes and the legal advances in the Victorian period
  • An understanding of societal hypocrisy and the role of campaigning journalism

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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Victorian Scandals

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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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