Georgian England

Ref: C3742722

The Georgian Period is seen as one of elegance and stability. However the years between 1714 and 1830 saw a population explosion, the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire’s birth. This course will show how the Georgians shaped today’s country. 1. “Setting the Scene.” What do we know about the Georgian Period? 2. “The Agricultural Revolution.” 3. “The Growing Empire.” Trade, war and the growth of Empire. 4. “Two Georgians. Whatman and Equiano.” Two contrasting lives from the period. 5. “The Industrial Revolution.” The arrival of the factory system and the power of steam. 6. “Getting Around.” The improvements in transport and communication. 9. “Georgian Things.” Handling Georgian objects and applying ideas from the course.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to some of the most significant historical events and trends of the Georgian period (1714-1830) showing how it brought great changes to England.

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:

  • Describe the importance of the Agricultural Revolution
  • Be aware of how the growth in population changed life in England and explain why.
  • Recognise and describe how exploration and the growth of empire changed views of the world.
  • Understand how technological developments changed trade and industry and explain three of the effects this had on working people.
  • Have an understanding of how some Georgians saw their lives and be able to discuss some features of this in class.

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?

  • 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
  • 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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Georgian England


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