History: Church and Society 1660-1800

Ref: C3843897

This period saw the restoration of the Church of England under Charles II, the failed attempt to restore Catholicism under James II and the granting of limited toleration to Nonconformists under William and Mary. It witnessed the association of the House of Stewart with the Catholic cause and of Hanover with Protestantism leading to the Jacobite Rebellions of 1715 and 1745. It saw the stirrings of Enlightenment ideas that would help usher in the French Revolution but also the fervent piety of the Evangelical Revival and the birth of Methodism as a new denomination. This course explores the changes that took place in this turbulent time from Charles II to George III and the impact on wider British society.

Course aim

An examination of the changes in church and society from the Restoration of Charles II to the French Revolution

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Identify the changes in religious outlook in Britain during the period
  • Critique the role of the restored Church of England
  • Explain the rise of Nonconformity
  • Reflect upon the reasons for the Evangelical Revival in the 18th century
  • Identify the place of Catholicism wthin Britain

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

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

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 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

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History: Church and Society 1660-1800

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