The Later 17th Century

Ref: C2524501

We are in the early 1660s and Charles II is trying to re-establish the monarchy. He has re-established both parliament and the Church of England, but parliament has already shown that it is not prepared to accept the king's views on all matters and the new church does not satisfy everyone. The next challenge is to find the king a wife, because the country needs an heir. The country, having executed one king and lived through a difficult period with a general as virtual monarch and the army as the source of ultimate power, hopes to become normal again.

Course aim

To continue and deepen understanding of the history of the 17th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • If you are interested in the past and wonder how the world worked in a century when England executed one king and expelled another then this course is for you.

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

  • Understand the need for the king to be married and the criteria for the selection of his wife.
  • Analyse some of the results of the Great Fire of 1665.
  • Outline some of the problems involved in rebuilding London.

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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Access to the internet is not essential, but the tutor will at times suggest that you look at some material which is available only through the internet.

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
  • During the course there will be some copies of original source material which you will be expected to read and think about.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Later 17th Century


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