A History of 20th Century British Politics

Ref: C2341181

The last century was one of enormous economic, social and political change for the people living on these islands. During this programme we will look at some aspects of political history, from 1900 onwards, as well as considering the lessons history teaches us for the present day. The course will be led by Mark Grayling who currently works for a local Member of Parliament and is a former Head of Policy at the National Union of Students. Mark has been involved in political activity for over thirty years at local and national levels.

Course aim

To examine UK politics from 1900 onwards, as well as considering the lessons history teaches us for the present day.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the major phases of twentieth century politics in the UK; pre WWI, the inter-war years, WWII, the post-war settlement and the end of consensus.
  • Describe the economic, social and political changes that took place in the UK during the twentieth century.
  • Make suggestions about what lessons we should take in relation to present day politics.

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

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Suggestions for background reading/exploration: http://www.listmuse.com/100-greatest-british-politics-books.php

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

A History of 20th Century British Politics

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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