Life in Kent 1550-1900

Ref: C3744320

Students will study photocopies and transcripts of a variety of original documents relating to life in Kent from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. They will discover why and how the documents were created and how they are used in research. They will be introduced to aspects of the economic and social history of Kent such as population, town life, agriculture and homes.

Course aim

To introduce students to some of the sources used to research and write local history, and to show how those sources may be used to illustrate aspects of the economic and social history of Kent.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone who is interested in the economic and social hostory of Kent who would like to learn more.

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

  • Describe some of the sources used to research the history of Kent
  • Describe how these documents may be used in detailed research into the economic and social history of the period
  • Describe what they have learned about the life of a community or individual in the past through study of the selected documents.

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
  • Short talks by the tutor, practical work with handouts by students working individually or in twos or threes, and whole class discussion. Reading outside the class is not required, but books and other resources will be suggested for students who wish to carry out additional work.

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.

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 read further around the subject. They may wish to join a local history society.

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Life in Kent 1550-1900

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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