The Birth and Life of British New Towns - Modern Utopias and Realities

Ref: C3746324

The concept of New Towns was surprisingly first mentioned in Sir Thomas More’s 16th century book, 'Utopia'. Following various experiments with garden cities and other planned estates and overspill settlements at the start of the 20th century, planners and politicians were keen to develop New Towns in earnest as part of the excitement of planning and rebuilding towns, cities, and society after World War II. This course examines the ethos, origins, development and future of these highly planned spaces in the UK. We will use documents, films, other visual sources, novels, as well as personal testimonies, to explore issues around the design and architecture of New Towns, as well as the realities of living and working in them. This course will be of interest to students who have experienced New Towns or have a wider interest in the history of town or social planning, architecture and design in Britain. Teaching is via Zoom with additional materials on Canvas.

Course aim

This course explores the origins, ethos and development of New Towns in the UK using a range of different sources such as films, government documents, literature and marketing materials from the towns themselves.

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
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Discuss the origins and ethos of New Towns and the context of postwar planning.
  • Compare and contrast the different waves of building New Towns.
  • Appraise different elements such as design, architecture, housing, social planning
  • Recognise different sources which can be used to understand life in New Towns such as government documents, films, personal testimonies, and marketing materials.

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

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 or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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The Birth and Life of British New Towns - Modern Utopias and Realities

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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 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
  • I declare that the address I have provided is correct and that I will provide evidence of this and my eligibility to live and work in the UK

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