Seminar: The Wall Street Crash

Ref: C3744716

The financial hysteria of 1929 and the great depression that subsequently gripped the United States has been one of the pivotal events of the twentieth century, which had huge repercussions across the world. Using texts, first-hand accounts and visual sources, this session will explore the origins of the crash during the ‘roaring twenties’, the nature of the crash itself, how and why it happened, and its effects on American politics, society and culture.

Additional information about this course

Funder/Partner Requirements: This course is not funded by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available-contact the Branch for further details

Course aim

The seminar will examine the origins, causation and consequences of the Wall Street Crash in October 1929. We will be looking at the economic and social circumstances that shaped the Crash, along with the political, social and cultural responses.

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:

  • Explain and understand the Wall Street Crash of 1929 within an historical perspective.
  • Utilise evidence from a range of historical sources - both textual and visual.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of differing historical explanations, debates and interpretations.
  • Present and communicate ideas and views in oral responses and written formats.
  • Comprehend 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Seminar: The Wall Street Crash

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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