History - French Revolution

Ref: C2525157

By 1989 the French State was facing bankcruptcy. Louis XVI called the Estates General . Events swiftly took over : attempts at establishing a constitutional monarchy failed. .The results were varied : war was declared on the French by the Austrians and British . In turn the Reveolution became more extreme . Louis XV1 and Marie Antoinette were executed.. By 1793 politics had polarised and led to a power struggle between various factions which in turn led to the Terror under Robespierre.. Counter Revolution followed (1794) leading the the weak Directory Government 1795 -1799 deposed by a successful coup placing Napoleon in power .Parallels will be drawn bewteen the course of the French Revolution and subsequent Revolutions -: Russian, Chinese, Iranian and the Arab Spring

Additional information about this course

This course is funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Course aim

The aim is to outline and analyses the causes and course of the French Revolution from the Eighteenth century France to 1804

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Knowledge of the economic and social forces with led to the Revolution and in turn led to the outome.
  • The ability to analyse and discuss complex issues
  • The development of analytical skills which can be applied to other fields and areas - e.g socio-economic forces in the U.K. and elsewhere
  • Develop the skills to diuscuss and debate issues with confindence and to know your views are valued.

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
  • Activities will be voluntary. However, suggestions for reserach, looking up key figures such as Mirabeau, Danton, Robespierre, Abbe Seyes will be suggested. Some reading may be sent on line from time to time. A reading list will also be issued before the course .

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • 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
  • A reading list will be issued of accessible source books in local libraries..

What can I do next?

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

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History - French Revolution

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This course is funded by the Tees Valley 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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