Scattered Squalor and Downland Homes - Aspects of 20th-century Housing

Ref: C3744246

The 19th century saw an urbanisation of the UK landscape, with rapid growth bringing new challenges to in terms of housing provision, supply of fresh water and disposal of various wastes. The 'Dickensian' slums that developed in urban areas caused public concern and by the end of the 19th century legislative instruments were employed to alleviate the squalor and hardship. Early 20th century public housing schemes were 'too little-too late' and in many areas of the UK informal housing sprang up as plotlands. Private estates developed largely in the 1930s, with both private and public housing growing after the wartime cessation of building, with post-war schemes for New Towns and overspill developments in previously rural spots. At the same time intensive development in the inner city, particularly of high rise flats, saw urban landscapes undergoing much change. Terms such as 'counter-urbanisation' and 'gentrification' came into being. Cities generate much debate still!

Course aim

This course looks at the varied aspects of British housing that developed during the 19th and 20th centuries to create the urban landscapes we have today including private and state provision of housing and landscapes of informal settlement.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • identify housing areas within a city
  • observe social difference in urban settings
  • be aware of the changes in housing styles over time
  • be aware of the background that drives housing changes

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

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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 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

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Scattered Squalor and Downland Homes - Aspects of 20th-century Housing

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  • 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
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