Seminar: Rule Britannia!

Ref: C3743000

Although 1759 is not a date as well known as, say1216,1588 or 1689, there is a strong case to be made that has to be the most significant year since 1066. It is the fourth year of the Seven Years War of 1757-1763, the year when the British finally defeated the French empire through arduous military campaigns in India, North America, the West Indies and Germany whilst also achieving mastery of the world's seas and oceans. In the five great battles of 1759; at Quebec and MInden on land, and Quiberon Bay and Lagos at sea, Britain effectively beat the French to global supremacy following a near continuous conflict that commenced in 1692.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

1759 is the year many historians take as the creation date for Great Britain's 200 year empire of global hegemony. The course examines three significant events during this year which created Britain's first global empire.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Agree, or disagree that 1759 was the next most significant year in British history after 1066
  • Consider and conclude as to whether you believe that the Seven Years War was indeed the First World War of modern times.
  • Conclude on the main reason why Britain achieved her World Empire in 1763 - the end of the Seven Years War - yet within twenty years lost her most prestigious colonies to American Independence

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Seminar: Rule Britannia!

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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