Revolutions in the 17th Century

Ref: C2525018

In the late 1660s Charles II ran into difficulties with another war against the Dutch, with political and financial problems, and with the handling of religious enthusiasm at both ends of the religious spectrum. We are going to see how, and how well, he dealt with these difficulties.

Course aim

To continue the study of the reign of Charles II to 1670 and beyond.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for people interested in the past and in the ongoing problems of running a country in the 17th century and the 21st.

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

  • Grasp the reasons for the new war against the Dutch.
  • Observe the factors that enabled the king to begin to dig himself out of the financial mess that the Commonwealth had created.
  • Watch the king balancing Catholicism and Anglicanism and trying to control the nonconformists.

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
  • You will be expected to read and understand reasonably short 17th-century documents, Help will be available.

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

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
  • Any reading, of material in hard copy or on screen that relates to the 17th century, is likely to be useful.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Revolutions in the 17th Century

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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
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