Culture and Society in the 1930s

Ref: C3741312

The 1930s were a unique period in British history - between two wars and a time of deep recession in the economy. Nevertheless it was also a time of changing attitudes and new cultural creativity. This course will consider these alongside some of the more important movers and shakers of the period.

Course aim

The main aim of this course is to give the student an understanding of what society and culture was like during the 1930s. Society will consider politics, economy and class - culture will look at art, architecture, music and literature.

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:

  • explain at least 3 major political events in Britain in the 1930s
  • Discuss at least two economic changes in society in the period
  • Name at least 2 artists and 2 writers of note in the 1930s
  • Give an account of 2 types of house architecture in use in the 1930s
  • Give an account of 2 types of entertainment enjoyed in the 1930s

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
  • These will include some revision exercises in class and some discussion and activity work.

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
  • bringing in items that reflect what we have been learning on the course and sharing with the group what they are - or what they tell us.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Hynes, S. The Auden generation, Bodley Head Gardiner, Juliet The thirties: an intimate history, Harper Press Stevenson, John & Cook, Chris The Slump: Britain in the Great Depression

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Culture and Society in the 1930s Course Outline


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