Prime Ministers and Party Leaders

Ref: C3741414

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 has limited their actions and what is their legacy.

Course aim

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

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course will be useful to anyone who has an interest in contemporary British politics and/or has a vote.

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

  • Give an account of each PM's time in office
  • Explain what were the key factors affecting their 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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Reading beforehand of relevant chapters of David Childs' Britain since 1946 (Routledge) would be useful. Other texts may 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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Prime Ministers and Party Leaders 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
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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