The South East at Work

Ref: C3741678

Across history the wide diversity and range of employments has created patterns that we can discern to the present. All work revolves around a trilogy; that of Primary employments, the collection of raw materials, low value and often bulky, value is added to these Primaries by Secondary manufacturing making them more useful . Finally the goods need to be transported, stored and sold; the Tertiary trades, facilitators in the industrial process. The South East is often referred to as a Service Economy area with a host of Tertiary industries, but it is one with a long history of Primary trades which have created the prominent chalk pits along the North and South Downs; Secondary manufactories such as the Wealden glass and iron industries. It is the home of the seaside resort, the epitome of a Tertiary trade with its leisure activities all of which require Primary goods and Secondary manufacturing! We will look at a wide range of factors in Sussex, Kent, Surrey and of course London.

Course aim

Work in the South East covers many aspects of both the historic and the contemporary, industrial and services, with influence from the Continent and the world city of London.

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:

  • Describe the wide diversity of South East work.
  • Explain the historic background to the present work pattern.
  • Identify reasons behind the regional variation in work.
  • Give three reasons for the linkages across different industries.
  • Apply wider theories to a local situation.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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The South East at Work

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