Victorian People

Ref: C3741346

This course is about prominent Victorians and their achievements , the advantages and disadvantages they had and how far they succeeded in their aims . they include Cecil Rhodes and his imperial vision , Tommy Lipton whose success as a grocer enabled him to aspire to yachting distinction , Thomas Arnold as a pioneer of the Victorian Public School , Augustus Pugin the architect , the Suffragists , Josephine Butler for work on women's health , Booth and Rowntree for research into poverty , the Temperance movement and Mrs. Grundy for a look at Victorian morality . Each would be the topic for a session and there could be room for one or two additional inclusions if the class wished .

Course aim

The aim is to inform students of the work of certain Victorians from different areas of life and the historical context in which they worked ; also to seek to understand the circumstances that facilitated or impeded their work .

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 the work of some prominent Victorians
  • Describe the conditions under which they worked .
  • Make an assessment of how far they succeeded or failed

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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Victorian People Course Outline


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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