Footsteps through the history of our streets

Ref: C2226588

Investigate the Urban History of England from the mid Anglo-Saxon period to the 1950s, with some focus on Wales and Scotland. Learn how changes were different depending on the size and nature of the settlement. Focus particularly on port towns and the ways they changed over time. Understand the development of health and leisure resorts of 1700-1840 and the emerging seaside resorts of the Victorian age. Look at what the industrialising towns of 1700- 1840 were like and how this changed between 1840 and 1950. Discover the Victorian approach to the running of towns and cities. Identify changes in the built environment and housing. Please note this is an introductory course aimed at beginners to the subject- seeking to cover a wide time period, range of topics and geographical area in an introductory level of detail- this course is not suitable for students that already have a deep level of knowledge of this subject.

Additional information about this course

No half term break

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the Urban History of England, (and to a lesser extent Wales and Scotland) between the years 600 and 1950.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

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

  • Describe how Port Towns have changed between 600 and 1950.
  • Explain examples of what the health and leisure resorts/seaside resorts were like between 1700 and 1950.
  • Describe what the Industrial towns were like between 1700 and 1950.
  • Identify differences in the built environment and housing between 600 and 1950.
  • Describe how culture changed in urban areas between 1540 and 1950.

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

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).

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

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Footsteps through the history of our streets

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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