From the Renaissance to Modern Italy - Tonbridge Branch

Ref: C3745783

This course is aimed at people with an interest in "Everything Italian". There is so much history so this is an overview of the the renaissance period, the historical "Risorgimento" (unification). Post unification will include Italy's place in the world wars, Mussolini and the Fascist era, post-war and modern day politics. and will include modern day politics, some geography and modern culture. The course will also include a weekly fun quiz aimed at revisiting the main points covered in the previous week.

Course aim

A brief introduction to Italian History and Culture from the Renaissance period to present day politics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • A love of learning about Italy's fascinating history and culture and a light hearted look at the geography of a truly beautiful country.

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

  • Discuss and debate aspects of Italy's history including my own experiences in Italy.
  • Describe the basic elements of the Unification.
  • Describe who Mussolini was, his reign as "Il Duce" and the Fascist era.
  • Compare geographical and cultural differences between each of the regions.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • a short, multiple choice quiz each week

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • A love of Italy and a wish to learn more about this fascinating country.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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From the Renaissance to Modern Italy - Tonbridge Branch


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