Georgian England - From Industrial Revolution to the British Empire

Ref: C3741321

The reigns of the first four Georges are often seen as a period of quiet elegance and stability. However the years between 1714 and 1830 saw a population explosion, the start of the industrial revolution and the birth of the British Empire. This course will show how Georgian England has shaped the country in which we live today. 1. “Setting the Scene.” What do we know about the Georgian Period? 2. “The Agricultural Revolution.” 3. “The Growing Empire.” How trade, war and the growth of Empire. 4. “The Industrial Revolution.” The arrival of the factory system and the power of steam. 5. “Two Georgians. Whatman and Equiano.” Two contrasting lives from the period. 6. “Getting Around.” The improvements in transport and communication. 7. “Georgian Things.” Handling Georgian objects and applying ideas from the course.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to some of the most significant historical events and trends of the Georgian period (1714-1830).

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 the importance of the Agricultural Revolution.
  • Describe how the growth in population changed life in England.
  • Recognise how exploration and the growth of empire changed views of the world.
  • Analyse how technological developments changed trade and industry and the effect this had on working people
  • Recognise how some Georgians saw their lives.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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
  • No reading is required for this course but students may find the following helpful. J.H. Plumb, “England in the 18th Century (1714-1815)”, Pelican, 1964 Roy Porter, “English Society in the 18th Century”, Penguin, 1982

What can I do next?

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

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Georgian England - From Industrial Revolution to the British Empire


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