The Swinging Sixties: an East Midlands Focus

Ref: C2341035

We will be looking at the schemes to cope with the increasing motor traffic in and around Leicester together with the ongoing controversial plans for a "new vision" of the city and how far they had been realised by the end of the decade. We will also be studying the effects of the beginning of Commonwealth immigration and gradual evolution of a multicultural society, the decline of traditional industries and the emergence of new ones and the continuing progress of new housing and slum clearance. The sixties saw more cultural changes than any other decade and we will be studying the effects of these on everyday life in our local area.

Course aim

To see how Leicester and the county changed and adapted during the 1960s against the background of national and international developments, focusing particularly on the seismic nature of the local economic, social and cultural changes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the means by which city and county were able to cope with the increasing volume of motor traffic from 1960.
  • Use a range of evidence to consider the overall effects of continuing slum clearance and re-housing programmes which took place locally in the sixties.
  • Discuss the pros and cons of the further implementations of the planners' "new vision" for Leicester which took place in the decade.
  • Critically examine the reasons why the area's staple industries began a process of decline around this time.
  • Evaluate the impact of the cultural changes which took place in our area as a result of the "swinging sixties".

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
  • It is not an expectation that you will carry out extra studies in your own time, although anything that students can research and bring along to the sessions will be more than welcome.

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
  • A learner pack will be provided each week together with backup notes by email or hard copy. A ring binder to put these in would be useful.

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

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
  • Although there is no formal qualification the notes provided could be a platform for studying at A Level should students so wish.

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The Swinging Sixties: an East Midlands Focus


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