The Making of England 400-850 - Swale Branch

Ref: C3745803

This class will look at the end of Roman rule in Britain and the process of English settlement. It will consider the origins of the settlers and the emergence of the different English kingdoms and their relations with each other. The class will look at the conversion to Christianity and the development of English law, society, economy and culture. It will also consider the historical and archaeological evidence for the period of the English settlement. All of England will be considered, but there will be special reference to the kingdom of Kent.

Course aim

This class will look at the the period from the end of the Roman rule of Britain to the emergence of the unified kingdom of England. It will look at the process of settlement and the development of institutions such as the monarchy and the church.

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.
  • 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
  • This course is for people with a general interest in history who would like to extend their knowledge of this period of British history. No previous knowledge is necessary.

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

  • Describe the reasons for the decline of the Roman empire in the west.
  • Briefly describe the process whereby the English settled in Britain.
  • Briefly describe the conversion of the English to Christianity
  • Describe some of the principal aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture.

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
  • Work outside class will not be required, but students may wish to carry out further reading. Books and resources will be suggested during the course of the class.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Teaching will be primarily by lecture and discussion. Students will have opportunities to ask questions. There is no requirement for students to work outside the class, but students may wish to share any reading or other study they have done.

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
  • You may wish to have writing materials to hand in case you wish to take your own notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-course reading is required. Work outside the class is not required, but books and resources will be suggested during the course for students who wish to do additional reading or study.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Students may wish to continue independent study by reading, internet research, or, when possible, visiting relevant museums and places of interest.

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The Making of England 400-850 - Swale 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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