History of Ireland to 1800

Ref: C2339576

Ireland is a land around which many legends and myths have grown. We will explore the early beginnings of the people who settled in Ireland and trace their links to mainland Britain, as well as examining the role of the Stuart kings in the plantation of Ulster. Cromwell and the English Civil War left a legacy which has caused much controversy and continues to be evaluated. and the Protestant Ascendancy had profound effects on the native Irish population. By understanding events at the end of the 18th century, which laid the ground for future revolution, we can make links to the present relationship between Britain and Ireland.

Course aim

The aim of this course is to provide a brief introduction to the history of Ireland from the arrival of St Patrick to the Act of Union.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Assess the impact of early invasions on Ireland
  • Evaluate the role of Oliver Cromwell
  • Explain the development of Christianity
  • Interpret Irish culture

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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • The tutor will suggest texts and websites which will help with further study as the course progresses

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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History of Ireland to 1800

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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