The Stuarts 1603-1714: Court, Culture and Colonies

Ref: C2420715

Beginning with the accession of James I and ending on the death of Queen Anne in 1714, this course will consider a period of conflict, revolution and the settlement of Britain’s first colonies. The course will begin with an overview of the period and subsequent sessions will examine the flourishing of court culture and colonial ambitions during the early Stuart period. It will consider the factors leading to the Civil War and the establishment of the Commonwealth. With the restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, sessions will continued to consider the politics of the period alongside cultural and artistic developments with an additional emphasis on the fashion and material culture of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

Course aim

To understand and analyse the importance and legacy of the Stuart period (1603-1714). It will also explore the material cultural of the period, giving a greater understanding of fashion, art, literature and handling the fragments of everyday life.

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:

  • Understand the impact and legacy of the politics of the Stuart period (1603-1714)
  • Recognise the material culture of the period
  • Recognise the visual culture of the period.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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The Stuarts 1603-1714: Court, Culture and Colonies

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This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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