Aspects of Inter-war Britain - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Ref: C3744429

Aspects of Inter-war Britain will focus on a number of key themes bracketed loosely as the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good will focus on the contrasting experiences of women during the 1920s and 1930s through the topics of housing, famlly, and experiencing the new technologies of the era - wireless, the cinema, and new forms of leisure. The Bad will cast an eye over the social conflicts of the time from the General Strike of 1926, to the social experiences of the Slump; the Ugly will look at British fascism and popular reactions to the Munich agreement of September 1938. The rise of wireless broadcasting and cinema-going; Holidays, Leisure Social experiences of the slump; The people’s reaction to the threat of war.

Course aim

Course offers an introduction to the study of inter-war Britain, through an analysis and assessment of five key themes and aspects of the period.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a Level 1 qualification in English to join this course
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • Explain and understand key aspects and events of inter-war Britain within an historical perspective.
  • Utilize evidence from a range of historical sources.
  • Demonstrate knowledge, awareness and understanding of differing historical explanations, debates and interpretations.
  • Present and communicate ideas and views in oral responses and written formats.
  • Understand the nature, importance and relevance of historical enquiry.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • 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 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Aspects of Inter-war Britain - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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