The Reformation and It's Consequences in England

Ref: C2225453

Religious issues and the role of the Church of England have been fundamental issues in our history, at times issuing in or threatening civil war. We look at the basic issues of the Reformation and its onset in England under Henry VIII; the establishment of the Church of England under Edward VI and Elizabeth I and its critics; the role of religion in the politics issuing in the Civil War; the Restoration and the crisis leading to the Glorious Revolution and the religious settlement; the challenges of New Dissent and the High Church movement and resulting trends in the main churches during the 18th and 19th centuries; the role of religion in the economic, social and political affairs from 18th - 20th centuries. The reflection of these in local affairs.

Course aim

To provide an understanding of the Reformation in England and its central importance in social, economic and political affairs from the 16th to the 20th Centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Be able to discuss the religious basis of the Reformation
  • Be able to identify two religious issues that impacted on the social, economic and political conflicts from the 16th to the early 20th century
  • Be able to put forward an opinion on whether the historical study of the topics of the course helps us assess how far we are a religious or a secular society today

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

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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The Reformation and It's Consequences in England


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