40 Tempestuous Years

Ref: C3746252

Republic, restoration, plotting, rebellion and revolution, a king executed, the English Republic, restoration and then the overthrow of a second king. Forty years of political turmoil - years that had a huge impact on the way in which our government and nation evolved. This course considers events both nationally and locally, and the roles played by local people in what was one of the most turbulent periods in our history. It will appeal to all those interested in both the dramatic sweep of history and the impact of what we now see as historic events on the daily lives of the people who experienced them.

Course aim

Regicide, republic, restoration, invasion and revolution. Forty years that changed the nation in ways that still influence us today. Examine how local people fared during these difficult and dangerous times.

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
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • List key shifts in political power between 1649 and 1689 and identify local people and places connected with those changes
  • Assess events between 1649 and 1689 and identify those that still influence life today
  • Identify local and contemporary source material and use it to inform thinking about the period
  • Identify local people who played key roles in these turbulent times and describe their activities
  • Describe how rapid shifts of power and changes in religious practices influenced the lives of local people

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A map of the area would be helpful but is not essential, good road atlas would be suitable

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin or editions of Samuel Pepys or John Evelyn's diaries would be useful, but not essential. The tutor will also suggest further sources of information as the course progresses.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

40 Tempestuous Years


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  • 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 declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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