Merrie Monarch to Jacobite

Ref: C3675964

Most people know something about the earlier Stuarts and in particular the English Civil War but not so much about such charismatic figures as Charles II, James II and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Come along to a relaxed class and find out more about what happened in the period 1660-1714 and beyond ending in the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 when for all their failings, many were still prepared to take up arms for the Stuart cause. We will look especially at what was happening in the north of England at the time.

Course aim

To look at the reigns of the later Stuarts and the continuing issues of parliamentary supremacy and religious toleration together with developments in the fields of the arts and sciences with particular reference to the north of England at the time

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe the characters of the later Stuart monarchs and how they influenced life in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries
  • Explain the issues which dominated the period in terms of the growing influence of Parliament and religious toleration
  • Describe how life was lived and how national issues affected the people of the north of England
  • Explain the reasons for the Jacobite rebellions of the early eighteenth century and why they failed in their purpose
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the development of the arts and sciences during the period studied.

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?

  • 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?

  • Nothing else is needed

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

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Merrie Monarch to Jacobite

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