Price: £90.00 Click here for information on help with fees
Weekdays/Time: Tue (19:00 to 21:30)Starts: 13/06/2017
End Date: 11/07/2017
Number of Weeks: 5
Tutor Approval Required? No
This course will look at how Britain changed from "Workshop of the World" to the world's leading power over the course of Queen Victoria's reign. We will look at the political changes and social revolution which happened at this time, as well as a look at how Britain used its new found power to forge an Empire upon which "the sun never sets".
The course will bring up many themes and so requires a reasonable level of English, although no previous knowledge of the topics or history in general is needed.
Subjects covered in this course will include
The Great Reform Act - How the vote (suffrage) started to become more democratic and less in the hands of solely the rich.
Gladstone & Disraeli - How two leaders came to dominate the political landscape of Britain from the 1840s through to the 1880s and 90s.
The Working class, Society and Birth of the Labour Party - Throughout Victoria's reign a new class developed as Britain moved into urban areas from the countryside. With them came at first poverty but then following social commentary from the likes of Charles Dickens, philanthropists like Barnardo and Rowntree.
Technological Advances - How the telegraph, underground and canal helped Britain achieve pre-eminence
Empire: India and The Scramble for Africa. We will cover such events as; Gordon of Khatoum, Fashoda, Suez Canal, the Zulu and Boer Wars.
Ireland & the Home Rule question
Victorian Britain and Europe - the balance of power and the Great Game.
Informal. There are no official assessments for this course
How much homework will I need to do outside of class?
There is no formal homework outside class but new material and resources will be constantly uploaded to Moodle and students are encouraged to read on the subject for their own pleasure.
What will happen if I miss a class?
Should you miss a class, please inform the tutor.
Are there any other costs involved?
Is there a reading list?
There is no formal reading though books, programmes and exhibitions will be brought up during the course for you to take notes should you wish.
Other history courses taught at the college, ranging from British Deolonisation to the American civilisations, Europe and ancient Rome. Mythology courses. WW1 centenary lecture days and projects. War poetry or art courses.
A vast range of philosophy courses are also on offer for those wishing to understand some of the ideas behind the events that shaped history.
For those wishing to go onto university, there is Access to Humanities which will broaden your historical knowledge academically.
There are no additional costs with this course due to its leisure study nature. However, students may wish to read books or watch documentaries at home in their own time to broaden their knowledge and provide discussion points.
For information on course fees and
how to get additional help to pay for them look at our How to Pay for Your Course section.
Please bring a pen and paper. Handouts will be given during the course.
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