Leicestershire and the Great War

Ref: C2342725

The course will cover the political life of Leicester and Leicesteshire with particular emphasis on the influence of socialism and women's equality. It will deal with the career of Ramsay MacDonald.( MP for Leicester) ,suffragette Alice Hawkins and other important local figures. It will also deal with the effects of the development of electric trams and town planning to cope with expanding population. The main focus of the course will be on the part played by the local area in the 1914-18 conflict and actions taken collectively and individually in the hostilities. This will include efforts on the home front particularly by local women, effects of wartime austerity and the local events surrounding the peace settlement of 1918.

Course aim

An introduction to the various aspects of our local area in the first two decades of the 20th century from the death of Queen Victoria through to the end of The Great War.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The only criteria are an interest in local history and willingness to learn and hopefully contribute.

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

  • Explain the contribution of key individuals having an effect on life in our local area: eg: Alice Hawkins/Ramsay MacDonald.
  • Provide examples to show how the political landscape of the area changed during the period before The Great War due to the emergence of socialism as a "third force" and the influence of women's movements locally.
  • Evaluate various sources to find out how housing and other facilities tried to cope with the still expanding population and the changes due to developments like electric trams.
  • Identify the roles played by soldiers from our local area during the war years and particular instances of action involving forces from our area.
  • Utilise a range of evidence to show the effects of the Great War on local people on the "Home Front" and their efforts towards final victory.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A weekly learner pack will be provided plus background notes which will provide a permanent record of the course

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Although full course materials provided a notebook to jot down incidental matters and a ring binder to keep notes in would be useful

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • The course can be a standalone but is part of a chronological sequence of local history modules and following up with the "Between the Wars" section next year is a possibility.

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Leicestershire and the Great War

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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