Sussex at Work

Ref: C3744230

Sussex is not thought of as an industrial county, maybe because when the 'Industrial Revolution was in full 19th century swing our major industry iron was in its death throws after 2,000 years of production. But is work just about 'industry'? and what about our own work-patterns and that of our parents and grandparents? how does the industrial history of our county figure today with the 21st century Hi-Tech revolution replacing traditional forms of work. 'Sussex by the Sea' conveys images of fun-filled beaches and piers, theatres and hotels, but who works in those 'pleasure-domes'? Sussex is home to colleges and universities and they also are part of local industry as much as the former leather workers and iron-maters, boat builders and brickmakers.

Course aim

We all work! but how does our own economic history fit with the wider picture? we will look at industries and work life, past and present

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 range of work in Sussex
  • describe changes over time in that work
  • consider the social factors that dictate work location
  • observe the current work patterns in relation to past events

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
  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Sussex at Work

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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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