All Smoke and Mirrors - espionage, treachery, plots and plotters - Havant Branch

Ref: C3745653

The shadowy world of espionage and plotting continues to intrigue through novels and films, but what about real life? This course looks at the lives and activities of local people involved in undercover activities of all kinds from the late medieval period to the English Civil War and the steps taken by governments to try to counter these activities and flush out the plotters. Dramatic, intriguing and sometimes even amusingly inept.

Course aim

To study the nature of plots, undercover activities, espionage and counter-espionage in the South from medieval times to the English Civil War and to find out more about the individuals involved, their backgrounds, activities and motivations.

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 is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Consider the range of English counter-espionage operations in the 15th, 16th and early 17th centuries. Set each in the context of the threat, or perceived threat, they sought to overcome.
  • Identify the nature of a range of plots against the state and explain what those involved sought to achieve and why.
  • Briefly describe techniques used by both plotters and state agencies and identify changes and similarities over the centuries.
  • Describe the careers and activities of a number of individuals involved in espionage/counter-espionage or plotting and explain the outcomes both for the individuals and the state.
  • Locate local properties associated with activities and individuals considered in 1-4 above.

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?

  • 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?

  • 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
  • Nothing else is needed

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
  • Although no pre-reading is required students may find these books of interest: The Secret World: A history of intelligence - Christopher Andrew The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I - Stephen Alford both published in paperback by Penguin

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • WEA course - Smoke & Mirrors 2 : 17th to 20th century

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All Smoke and Mirrors - espionage, treachery, plots and plotters - Havant Branch

Enrolment Conditions

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

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