Working Lives

Ref: C2226711

Work occupies most people's lives, paid or unpaid, but what most of us do to earn a living has changed radically over five hundred years. We'll look at individual lives in different fields, from the fields, literally, to the home, the workshop, the factory and the store, the surgery and the office in different parts of England over that time. We'll use contemporary sources from the personal - diaries, letters, domestic inventories - to official reports, legislation and even the comments of the novelist. All these and images whether painted or photographic contribute to our appreciation of the broader aspects of social history as well as to the life histories of our own ancestors.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 18/02/2020. This course ends at 9.15pm as it includes a 15 minute break.

Course aim

This course is to explore English social history through people's work, and how this has changed over the last five centuries. It will examine individual's lives as well as the general in particular employments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify a wide range of historical sources useful for this topic and where to find them.
  • Relate individual lives to the economic circumstances prevailing in their era.
  • Assess the significance of outside factors on the life paths of individuals and communities.

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

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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Working Lives

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  • 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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