Life in England: 1603-1690

Ref: C3744242

In the seventeenth century the English economy continued to expand and diversify, enabling expansion of the middle classes and rising living standards. Topics will include town and country life, agriculture, manufacturing and overseas trade. Emphasis will be on the lives of ordinary people, with special reference to Kent whenever possible.

Course aim

To introduce students to the principal developments in the economic and social history of England and Kent in the seventeenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone who is interested in the economic and social history of England and who would like to study it in greater depth.

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

  • Describe society in England and Kent in the seventeenth century.
  • Describe the principal sources of the nation’s wealth in the seventeenth century.
  • Describe the impact of the plague epidemic of 1665-66.

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
  • No work is required outside of class, but books and other resources will be suggested for students who wish to carry out further reading.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Students are encouraged to ask questions and join in discussion. Material covered will be reviewed at intervals during the course, when students will have the opportunity to assess their memory and understanding and seek clarification if necessary.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Note taking is not required, but students who wish to take notes for personal use will need to bring suitable writing materials.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Reading is not required, but books and other resources will be recommended during the course for students who wixh to carry out further study.

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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Students may wish to carry out further reading, visit places of interest relevant to the course, or become involved with local history events and societies.

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Life in England: 1603-1690

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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