People Power

Ref: C2225444

From time to time a movement arises in society, independently of political parties, that seeks to change the social order. These movements usually set out to protest about something that is unsatisfactory. In the 20th century there were a number of these 'social movements', for example, workers protesting about conditions and pay, women trying to remove discrimination, youth wanting more freedom, the peace movement trying to stop war, and the green movement to save our natural environment. We will ask such questions as: Why did the movement arise? What did they want? What did they believe? Were political parties not able to bring about the changes they wanted? What strategies and tactics did they use? How successful were they? Are any of these movements still active today?

Course aim

We will study a number of 20th century protest movements e.g. labour movement, youth, women, anti-war, green. We will ask what they wanted and were they successful.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the context in which the protest movement arose and its goals
  • Define what a 'social movement' is, and how it differs from a pressure group or a political party
  • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the actions taken by the protest movements

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
  • 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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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People Power


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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