Roman Britain

Ref: C3840425

For nearly 400 years most of Britain were under Roman rule. How did the Romans conquer and hold on to these far flung lands? What was life like and why did they find it necessary to build Hadrian's Wall in the second century? What brought about the demise of Roman Britain by the beginning of the fifth century?

Additional information about this course

No specific qualifications are required for this course, just an interest in the subject.

Course aim

The aim is to provide an overview of Roman Britain from the conquest in AD43 to the end of Roman occupation in AD 410

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • 1. Identify the political and economic reasons for the Roman invasion in AD43
  • 2. Argue the pros and cons of the Roman presence in Britain
  • 3. Identify major features of Roman architecture and design
  • 4. Provide four reasons for the decline and fall of Roman Britain

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
  • All materials will be provided

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

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Roman Britain 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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