Trafalgar - The End of an Era

Ref: C2225442

The Battle of Trafalgar is arguable the most famous sea battle in our history. Trafalgar was to produce a fundamental change in how Britain was viewed in the maritime world. A change which was to impact how this country dealt with the rest of the world for the next 100+ years. During this course we will find out why Trafalgar happened, how the battle was fought and understand what was different about this great sea battle. We will also explore the life of Nelson – his upbringing, his navel career, his wife and of course Emma his mistress. We will examine the human failings of this great man and how his background and early exploits governed his actions at Trafalgar. We will also briefly exam the battles of Cape St Vincent, The Nile and Copenhagen.

Course aim

We will explore the life of Nelson – his upbringing, career, wife and Emma. How this background and early exploits governed his actions at Trafalgar. We will briefly exam the battles of St Vincent, The Nile and Copenhagen.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Review the Battle of Trafalgar with confidence
  • Outline why it took place
  • Discuss the characters who were involved
  • Explain the consequences of the battle
  • Review Nelson's life and investigate how his childhood affected his success

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • Encouraged to visit historical sites of interest, concerning Nelson

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Trafalgar - The End of an Era

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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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