History - 17th Century History

Ref: C2525389

We shall be in the 1670s this term. In the 1660s King Charles established himself firmly on the throne but the war against the Dutch was a disaster. His relations with parliament were not what he needed, and we are going to watch him working at this problem. An alliance with France will allow the king to attack the Dutch again, provided that parliament will provide the funding. But will parliament demand something in return for the money?

Course aim

To continue the study of the British-Irish archipelago in the 17th century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone interested in the past, in learning not just what happened but how, and in comparing the past with the present.

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

  • Understand better the situation of an English king in the 1670s.
  • Follow Charles II's attempts to persuade parliament to co-operate with his programme.
  • See how people at the ends of the religious spectrum survive in a country where the king is more liberal than his parliament.

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 given copies of the texts of 17th-century documents and helped to make sense of them in their historical context.

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 and your tutor will find out how you are progressing by listening to the class discussions and, in your case, by taking part in them - perhaps rather nervously at first but with greater confidence as time goes on.

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.)
  • You will be encouraged to read printed books, either in hard copy or in digital format, and to report to the class anything that seems to you of interest.

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
  • During the class there will be a few 17th-century documents for you to read, but the tutor and your colleagues will help with any problems you may have.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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History - 17th Century History

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