England 1815-1870- Part 2

Ref: C3741565

The continuing industrial revolution and technological advances had a major impact on the lives of people at all levels of society. There was increasing concern about, and government intervention in, social problems. This class will look at agriculture and rural life, the railways, the 'Condition of England' debate and social problems and reforms such as the poor, public health and sanitation and education.

Course aim

To describe changing social conditions of the time, and the evolution of attitudes to government intervention in health, housing and social reform.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for people with an interest in history who would like to extend and deepen their knowledge.

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

  • Describe the land and people of England in the early nineteenth century.
  • Describe the main provisions, and impact of, the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.
  • Briefly describe the growth and impact of the railway system.
  • Briefly describe the government's approach to the public health issues of the time.
  • Describe the establishment of a system of elementary education in England.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Students who wish to take notes should bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Additional reading is not required, but for those who wish to pursue the subject further, appropriate resources will be suggested.

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
  • Continue to study independently by reading, for example nineteenth century novels, visiting museums and places of interest. Become involved as a volunteer with local history societies or places of interest.

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England 1815-1870- Part 2


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