Wealth and Wickedness: The Ups and Downs of Life in Victorian London

Ref: C3741380

The development of London during the 19th century is considered by many as remarkable, from its sheer physical growth to its importance at the centre of the world economy, and yet wealth and culture were bedfellows with poverty and vice. How the city coped with and developed out of this paradox is our focus as we uncover the reality of life for the mass of Londoners. As the contrasts and inequalities of London life were challenged the demands and needs of Londoners wrought unprecedented intervention in daily life in an effort to bring order to the chaos.

Course aim

To expand our knowledge of this paradoxical period in the history of our capital city and to appreciate the developments of the time many of which are still so tangible today.

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:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the enormity of change that the city underwent
  • Compare and contrast life in relation to social class
  • Describe the complexity of the demands made upon public administration
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the legacy of the period in the built environment of the city today

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Bring paper and pen/pencil if you wish to make 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

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Wealth and Wickedness: The Ups and Downs of Life in Victorian London


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