The East India Company - Barking and Dagenham Branch

Ref: C2421720

The East India Company came into existence by Royal Charter on the very last day of 1600. Funded through shares and later stocks, It was the enterprise of London businessmen hoping to cash in on the lucrative trade in spices, textiles and other luxuries with the East and to undercut the monopolies held by Spain and Portugal. It became more than just a trading concern maintaining its own military and civil service. At the height of its influence, the Company employed vast numbers and its trade and politics had an enormous impact on the cultural landscape of both the United Kingdom and South East Asia. The influx of Eastern goods changed the way Britain shopped -- from what people put in their homes and on their bodies, and with the introduction of foods, like curry. This course will explore the history of the East India Company through politics, culture and material culture considering how and why it changed the world.

Course aim

This course will consider the history of East India Company (1600-1857) through politics, culture and material culture. Thus giving a broader understanding of British engagement in the East and how the Company changed the world.

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 suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • An understanding of the history of the East India Company
  • An understanding of its cultural and political engagement in South East Asia, with specific focus on India and China.
  • An understanding of its cultural and political legacies in the UK and Asia.
  • The ability to see the impact of the East India Company at home in terms of material culture, street names, the things we wear and the food we eat.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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

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 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

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The East India Company - Barking and Dagenham Branch

Enrolment 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 standard terms and conditions

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

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