House, Hearth & Home

Ref: C3675807

A look at how we have housed ourselves in Britain over the last thousand plus years, and why ‘home’ is a political and social issue. We will explore the different types of homes people have lived in, from country mansions to city slums, and explore philanthropic and government efforts to provide and improve the roofs over our heads. We will assess the technologies that have been used in house design and fittings and discuss changing living standards and expectations.

Course aim

To provide an overview of what home has meant to the people who live there and how homes have changed over the centuries, with a particular look at the development of social housing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Describe three different types of domestic architecture and give examples of each
  • Name four significant architects and discuss their planning style/influence
  • Outline the government’s role and influence in housing since the 1830s
  • Identify four major technological developments/ changes and assess their impact in the home
  • Demonstrate some understanding of the psychological and social meaning of ‘home’

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Note-taking materials may be useful, though the tutor will provide hand-outs at each session.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The tutor will make a range of further reading available and recommend appropriate web resources.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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House, Hearth & Home

Enrolment Conditions

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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