Family at War

Ref: C2341966

Family and social history on the WW1 home front, the session reflects on how your family might have been affected. We consider the politics, home economics, cultural changes and responses and sheer terror of the period. A day for those with an interest in the history of your own family, local community or wider social history. It will include music and poetry and a consideration of the ethics of war.

Course aim

We focus our interest in family history on the WW1 home front. We will look at several aspects and reflect on how your family might have been affected.

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:

  • Consider some of the practical impacts of WW1 at home during and beyond the years of the war.
  • Some knowledge of how the war might be integrated into your own understanding of family history.
  • Critically consider the cultural responses to the war
  • Demonstrate knowledge of some resources online that might help you to learn more about families during WW1 and wider.
  • Engages in critical thinking about the ethics of war

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
  • This taster may uncover a hunger to know more about social or family history or the cultural impacts and responses of the period or the ethical debates around war and peace in the twentieth century. Follow-on courses may be offered if interest is high enough.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Family at War

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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