The History of Black People in Britain

Ref: C2420529

The first recorded black people arrived in Britain with the Romans after the year 43. A large population lived in London in the 1700s, brought by the slave trade and centrally involved in fighting for its abolition. And since the Windrush there has been a constant, evolving population. The course explores this long history, with slides and discussion.

Course aim

The first recorded black people arrived in Britain with the Romans in the year 43. A large population lived in London in the 1700s. And since the Windrush there has been a constant, evolving population. The course explores this long history.

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:

  • Name the main waves of immigration
  • Discuss the significance of the Black and Asian presence in Britain
  • Explain the reasons why governments encouraged immigration, but later restricted it
  • Understand the immigrant experience

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • It would be useful to be able to take notes.

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
  • However the book and TV series Black and British by David Olusoga are very useful.

What can I do next?

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The History of Black People in Britain

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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
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