The Later 17th Century

Ref: C2524836

The plague in 1665, the great fire of London in 1666 and the war against the Dutch put the country under great strain. 1667 proved to be a very difficult year: London was a building site, the war was going badly and six years of the royal marriage had produced no children. In 1668 the king's brother James duke of York, the heir to the throne, decided to become a Roman Catholic. How is the king going to cope with these problems?

Course aim

To continue the study of the reign of Charles II through the difficult period of the late 1660s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for anyone interested in the past and in the ongoing problems of running a country.

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

  • Identify with at least 3 problems of rebuilding London.
  • Identify with the threat posed by a Roman Catholic heir to the throne in the 17th century.
  • Identify with the politics in a parliament with no party structures.

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
  • You will at times be expected to read printed 17th-century documents; help is offered to anyone who needs it.

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
  • 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
  • Any material you can lay hands on relating to the period - whether in print or on a screen, will be worth your attention.

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

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The Later 17th Century

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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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