British Prime Ministers

Ref: C3741302

We will examine the leadership and Prime Ministership of a selection of Prime Ministers between 1964 and 2015. In each case we will look at the context in which they operated, what shaped them, what limited their actions - and what we think is their legacy. We will draw on our own memories of keys events and personalities.

Course aim

To review the powers, accountabilities and achievement of party leaders and Prime Ministers in recent years

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Suitable for anyone interested in contemporary British politics

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

  • give an account of each Prime Minister's time in office
  • explain what were the key factors affecting that performance
  • assess their legacy from a variety of viewpoints, including my own.

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
  • You will be encouraged to contribute your own recollections of these Prime Ministers and the events surrounding their period in office

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Reading beforehand relevant chapters of David Childs' Britain since 1945: A Political History (Routledge) would be useful. Other texts will be suggested during the course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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British Prime Ministers


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