Radical History

Ref: C3530259

What is radical history? This course will look at English social history and key counter-heritage events between 1750 and 1830, going beyond the official documented versions to view further reinterpretations. Fewer tales of Kings and Queens, more about the lives of the workers.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no fee waiver available on this course The venue is the Exchange, please bring drinks/refreshments if required.

Course aim

To provide an overview of local social history

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • To appreciate that 'History' might need to go beyond the empirical and the documented.
  • To distinguish between the fictive and the authentic voices of the past
  • To reflect on the relationship between landscape and history
  • To gain knowledge about lower class movements in the local area.
  • To reflect on the links between local, national and international history: is local history really possible?

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Radical History


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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
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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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