Monarchies in the 21st Century

Ref: C2225546

To show, by timeline and projection, the experience of monarchy throughout the world, with particular reference to Europe. Consideration will be given to the reasons why some monarchies have failed or disappeared, and why some sustain themselves and survive in very different dimensions from their original conception. The contributions of some notable individual sovereigns, especially Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II, Franz-Joseph of Austria and Louis XIV will be examined.

Course aim

To consider the contribution of monarchy in the past, and whether, as an institution or idea. it has purpose,validity and relevance in the twenty first century

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone with an interest in history, government, and the influence and power of personality may wish to consider this course.

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

  • Explain the influence and power and position of monarchies in the past
  • Estimate whether the idea and institution of monarchy is worth considering, compared to alternative forms, such as republics
  • List how and why different monarchies have adapted and survived, and others failed to adapt and have disappeared
  • Define how far the notion of monarchy fulfils certain purposes within a nation, such as being identified with that nation
  • Balance the contributions, good and bad, of certain sovereigns, and the consequences for those monarchies concerned

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
  • Students will be encouraged to share their own personal experiences of monarchy and how it works, and to give their own opinions on aspects covered by the course

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Students will be encouraged to make notes, so notebook and pen are recommended

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
  • Any book on monarchies may raise interesting questions!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Perhaps some students would like to consider examinations in government and institutions.

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Monarchies in the 21st Century


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