A Social History of 20th Century Britain in Film

Ref: C2421684

This course is currently full.
Join the waiting list to be notified if any places become available.

Film and cinema closely reflect the societies and times in which they are made and seen - whether they are meant to purely entertain or have more serious aims. Looking at key films in British cinema we will explore key historic, political, cultural and social moments and developments. We will learn about these moments themselves, but also how they are represented, recorded and remembered and what this means for how we view them in turn; and explore the role of film and cinema in shaping our identities and beliefs.

Course aim

In this course, we will explore the social history of Britain during the 20th century through key films that have captured, reflected, interrogaged and perhaps influenced the shape of British society over the last century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • By the end of the course, I will have gained an insight into key social and cultural developments in 20th century Britain
  • By the end of the course, I will have learned about UK cinema in its cultural, social and historic context
  • By the end of the course, I will have practised film analysis

How will I be taught?

  • Film clips will be shown via screen sharing in Zoom and discussed and where possible clips can be shown with subtitles. Background and context will be provided. Canvas will be used to provide you with resources to explore further outside sessions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • Feedback will be provided as part of discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

Download full course information sheet

A Social History of 20th Century Britain in Film

Is this course right for me? Request more information

This course is currently full.
Join the waiting list to be notified if any places become available.

Waiting List Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our student privacy notice

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

Visa Credit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Debit payments supported by RBS WorldPay Visa Electron payments supported by RBS WorldPay Mastercard payments supported by RBS WorldPay Maestro payments supported by RBS WorldPay JCB payments supported by RBS WorldPay Solo payments supported by RBS WorldPay
RBS WorldPay Payments Processing