Bombs, Beveridge and New Beginnings

Ref: C3673489

We will look at the Five Great Evils identified in Beveridge's report and examine how the modern Welfare State was set up to tackle them. We will discuss events of the 1920s and 30s and the social and welfare problems these revealed. We will particularly examine housing, unemployment and health reform, looking at thinking and campaigning in the years before WW2 and how these were reflected in the establishment of the modern welfare state in the 1940s. We will also look at the legacy of those issues and how they still play a role in our expectations of the welfare state today.

Course aim

To give students an understanding of how inter-war developments and WW2 impacted on social change, we will look at the Five Great Evils identified in Beveridge's report as causes of poverty and see how the Welfare State was set up to tackle them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe the "Five Giant Evils" listed in the Beveridge Report
  • Explain how the 1942 Beveridge Report was received, and its impact
  • List three pieces of social welfare legislation that laid the foundations of the modern welfare state in Britain
  • Discuss the sources and causes of opposition to the setting up of the welfare state
  • Describe some of the limitations and legacy of the welfare state

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 or pre course work is required

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

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Bombs, Beveridge and New Beginnings

Enrolment Conditions

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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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