Trade, Emigration and Empire in Victorian England

Ref: C2420895

While the industrial revolution and urbanisation were drawing people into the cities, the prospect of a new and better life encouraged others to emigrate to America and to the colonies of Empire. The growth of trade also involved the movement of people as well as goods. The course examines some of the key events in these processes, such as the colonisation of Africa, the development of the East India Company and the British Raj in India, emigration from Scotland and Ireland, and the growth of ports, docks and railways. The course will include a guided walk or visit.

Course aim

To examine the links between the growth of trade and Empire in the nineteenth century and the migration of people to, from and within Britain.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anyone with an enquiring mind and an interest in history

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

  • Describe the influence of at least one key figure in the expansion of the British Empire in the nineteenth century
  • Demonstrate own research on a relevant painting, writer or book
  • Illustrate migration in the nineteenth century with a case study
  • Apply new knowledge of the subject by contributing to class discussion

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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Note making materials

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
  • London in the Nineteenth Century by Jerry White is good background reading

What can I do next?

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Trade, Emigration and Empire in Victorian England

Enrolment Conditions

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

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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