Britain in the 1930s

Ref: C3744318

In the 1930s, parts of Britain suffered depression and deprivation, while elsewhere new industries and new housing brought improved standards of living for some. Overseas, there was uncertainty about the future of the British Empire, and in Europe economic difficulties and dissatisfaction with the Peace of Versailles contributed to the rise of Fascism and ultimately led to the outbreak of war in September 1939.

Course aim

To introduce students to the principal developments in politics, economy and society in Britain in the 1930s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is suitable for anyone who is interested in British history and who would like to study it in greater depth.

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

  • Describe the impact of the Great Depression on British industry and British towns.
  • Describe the welfare system of the time
  • Describe ways in which living standards were improving for some people in Britain
  • Suggest reasons for the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.

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 outside the class is required, but books and other resources may be recommended for students who would like to carry out additional 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 participate in discussion, which will provide opportunities for them to test their knowedge and understanding. Regular review of material covered will also provide opportunities for students to assess their learning.

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 or other resources may be recommended during the course for anyone who wishes 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
  • Students may wish to carry out further reading or to visit places of interest relating to the course.

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Britain in the 1930s

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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