Political History: Labour leaders from Hardie to Corbyn 1910-2018

Ref: C2419963

From Hardie’s cloth cap to Labour as representing organised trade unionists, Labour governments add leaders’ alleged betrayals, outstanding men and women were elected, with achievements in social transformations to Labour’s credit. How relevant is this nowadays ?

Course aim

To consider men and women, either prime ministers or premier material, who in 1906-2018 contributed to Labour victories and defeats, and to shifts in UK history.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Appreciate shifts after firming government by Atlee and Wilson, and NacDonald and Blair too
  • Explain the context of contributions from Hardie, Bevan, Cripps, Wilkinson and Castle, in shifting perspectives of left and right
  • Be aware of transnational comparisons with other societies including Sweden, France, the US and South Africa
  • Assess over-lapping concerns of Labour and other parties, for example their voting systems, the rule of law and some aspects of foreign policy.
  • Ask how relevant today are specific Labour goals and syles of leadership.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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
  • 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/

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Political History: Labour leaders from Hardie to Corbyn 1910-2018

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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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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