History on Trial

Ref: C3741103

In this lively and friendly course we will study ten famous trials drawn from the last 500 years of British history. Each session will focus on a different trial, chosen by the tutor and not announced in advance. The trials chosen will cover a broad range of topics, such as murder, treason, mutiny, defamation, fraud, obscenity, sexual immorality and divorce. The people, the stories and the issues behind each trial will be studied, so as to understand their legal, political and social significance.

Course aim

To explore the people, the stories and the issues behind ten famous trials drawn from the last 500 years of British history, so as to understand those trials’ legal, political and social significance.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • describe, in outline, the people and the stories behind at least 6 of the trials studied in this course;
  • explain, in outline, what these 6 trials were about;
  • identify at least 1 point of legal, political or social significance for each of these 6 trials.

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?

  • 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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students are advised to bring a pen and paper with them to the sessions, so that they can take notes.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

Download full course outline

History on Trial Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • 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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