Inter-war years

Ref: C2420059

The Inter-war Years course will explore the main social themes that characterised the 'Roaring Twenties' in terms of entertainment, music and the arts. The course will also explore the political and economic factors that dominated the period from the General Strike in 1926 to the growth of Fascism in Britain and Europe that culminated in the outbreak of the Second World War.

Course aim

The course will provide an insight into the social, economic and political conditions that prevailed in the Inter-war period that characterised the period of optimism that followed after the end of the First World War and understand the causes of WW2

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Understand why there was an optimism following the end of the First World War that became known as the 'Roaring 20's'
  • Understand how the optimism of the 1920s manifested itself in terms of changes in the fields the Arts , Music, Entertainment and social attitides
  • Understand how the prevailing social attitudes of the 1920s changed in the 1930s due to the world economic depression that affected Europe and the rest of the world and how that led to the rise of Fascism and Communism
  • understand the causes of Appeasement and how this policy was eventually challenged by a small minority

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
  • 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
  • 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

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Inter-war years

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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