Secrets and Lies: Spying in Britain from the 16th Century to the Present Day

Ref: C3671987

The British have a fascination with spies. From Elizabeth the First's priest hunters to Georgian rogues and plots against Harold Wilson, they are as much a part of our island history as the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the successful wars against Napoleon and Hitler. The big difference is how little we know about spies and spying. This course will weave history and contemporary references together to provide an entertaining overview of spies and spying in Britain from the 16th century to the present day.

Course aim

This course will provide a quick and easy guide to spies and spying in Britain from the Tudors to the present day.

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:

  • Name 5 spymasters
  • Name 5 key spying events
  • Describe the differences between historical periods
  • Explain how and why attitudes to spying have changed

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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