Well Connected: Leicester's links with the wider world

Ref: C2340982

Even in the 18th century Leicester was well connected with the wider world. We will explore some of its links, including migration to and from Leicester in the 19th century; Thomas Cook, his conducted tours, and the development of holidays abroad in the 20th century; US troops and Italian and German Prisoners of War during World War II; Leicester’s connections with Canada and the USA, including Leicester, Massachusetts; Konrad Smigielski and post-war town planning; and the experience of the Ugandan Asians who made their home here after their expulsion from Uganda in 1972.

Course aim

The course will explore Leicester's connection's with the wider world from the 18th to the 21st 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:

  • Give examples of Leicester's connections with the wider world from the 18th century onwards.
  • Explain how these developed, and (if appropriate) were maintained over time.
  • Assess the importance of these links to the local economy and the social and political life of Leicester.
  • Identify some of the ways in which people in Leicester acquired their knowledge of the wider world, including an analysis of some original historical documents.
  • Know where to find further information for independent study.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Well Connected: Leicester's links with the wider world


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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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