Tudor and Stuart London

Ref: C3744255

In this course we will consider London from a social and topographical point of view. How did London grow over one hundred and fifty years? What was important in terms of buildings and facilities in that period? What outside events impacted on development? From the social perspective we will look at what the houses Londoner's lived in were like and how they travelled including how the rivers were used. We will also consider the development of medicine, and consumer activities such as shopping, housework etc. Culture in London will include looking at changes in religion, development of theatre (Shakespeare), writers about London (particularly Pepys). The course will end at the Great Fire of London, as this marked a significant turning point.

Course aim

London before the Great Fire in 1666 was already a great city. Moving through the Tudor and Early Stuart period we will examine how our London ancestors lived in this period and how this compares with now.

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:

  • name at least three major topographical developments in London between 1500-1666
  • Name at least 3 major buildings in London during the period 1500-1666
  • Discuss three different areas of social activity Londoners might be involved in, in the period.
  • Discuss two major developments in the theatre or other entertainment in the period.
  • Name at least 3 different writers on London in the period 1500-1666

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
  • Students will be expected to search out material on London in this period. They will also be directed to websites and reading matter that may assist their studies. TV programmes and film should also assist them in this.

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
  • A possible visit may include an observation sheet for the student to work on. There will be exercises in class using contemporary documents and maps.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Visits to museums might well be helpful

Download full course information sheet

Tudor and Stuart London

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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