Elizabethan England

Ref: C3743014

In the reign of Elizabeth I, England became a maritime power. There was faction at court and Catholic conspiracies. Meanwhile, the middle classes prospered, drama and literature flourished and systems developed to deal with sickness and the poor. This class will study national affairs and life in Kent in this period.

Course aim

To introduce students to the principal themes, events and personalities of the reign of Elizabeth I.

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 British history who would like to improve their knowledge of this period.

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

  • Describe the personality of Elizabeth I
  • Briefly describe the major challenges she faced during her reign
  • Describe the principal features of rural society in the period

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
  • Resources will be suggested for students who wish to undertake further work in their own time, but there is no requirement to do so.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions and to participate in discussion to check their understanding and to expand their knowledge of the topics studied. Feedback will be informal and delivered as part of the discussion process.

What else do I need to know?

  • Students who wish to take notes will need to bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-course work is required. Resources will be suggested during the course for students who wish to carry out further work.

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
  • Students may wish to carry out further reading or research. They may wish to visit places of interest relevant to the course.

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Elizabethan England


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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