Lessons and Memories for the 21st Century

Ref: C2340793

Lessons and Memories for the 21st Century George Santayana wrote in 1905 "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Is this a true statement? Do 21st century politicians and economists forget the past and therefore allow the past to return in a different or similar guise? Using events like the Holocaust and/or the the political and economic austerity of 1920's and 1930's Britain, this six week course will consider whether lessons from the past have been learned or not remembered. Learners working in groups /pairs and individually will study and analyse a range of historical sources (photographs, testimony, extracts from historians and contemporary documentary sources) to reach a personal judgement on Santayana's statement.

Course aim

George Santayana wrote "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Learners study one or two key historical events (e.g. the Holocaust and/or political austerity in 1920's & 1930's Britain) to test out Santayana's statement.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for learners with an interest in past events and reflecting on whether future generations take heed of those events. Prior historical knowledge is not essential

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

  • identify some of the reasons for one or two major historical events - the Holocaust and/or the economic and political crisis' in 1920's and 1930's Britain
  • compare historical events studied to more recent historical events in the UK and beyond
  • interpret and analyse a range of historical sources
  • reach a judgement about whether or not politicians and economists learn from past events

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
  • You will have the opportunity to debate and discuss ideas. The Tutor will happily advise learners of further reading between sessions and beyond 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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

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Lessons and Memories for the 21st Century

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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