Day School: British Radicalism from the Peasant's Revolt to the present

Ref: C2225327

We Brits tend to be rather proud of ourselves as having inherited this "radical tradition" from our forebears. We stand up to tyranny; when the king acts in an oppressive way, we force them to grant a charter of rights, or chop off his head. It may have been a long struggle, but did win the right to the franchise. But is our history really like that? Does any unfinished business remain? The course will follow a largely chronological survey of the events and movements that produce our "radical history". Are there common themes linking Magna Carta, the Peasants' Revolt, the Levellers, chartists and Suffragettes?

Course aim

We in Britain have a long and fascinating history of individuals and groups who have asked awkward questions of the establishment and challenged the status quo. What can we still learn from studying them?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Just bring with you an open mind, and a willingness to join in the discussions.

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

  • Identify and summarise the various movements for reform
  • Evaluate how the language of reform changed as social conditions changed
  • Understand the continuing symbolism of Magna Carta, and the concept of "The Freeborn Englishman"
  • Determine if reform, rather than revolution, is the British way of doing things
  • Decide whether or not we are really free and democratic

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
  • The tutor will produce an online resource to accompany the course, which will include notes, quotes & other background.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • If you have a tablet, it would be useful to bring it.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School: British Radicalism from the Peasant's Revolt to the present

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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