A history of London: 1880-1914
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HLW61
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The course will explore the growth and development of London from the mid-Victorian period to the Great War.
What will we cover?
- the political background: repression and reform; Whigs and Liberals, Tories and Conservatives
- the changing landscape: infrastructure and buildings for public purposes
- Londoners’ homes, the development of suburbs and the defence of open space
- social issues: health, crime, education
- leisure and pleasure
- Monarchy and Empire.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- place key events and developments in their chronological contexts
- identify significant influences on the growth and development of London
- recognise issues of architectural style and town planning
- identify ways of taking your own interests forward with greater critical awareness.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. You will gain more from the
course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with
most of our history and current affairs courses, curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about
views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Classes will be taught through a mixture of illustrated lectures and discussion. Materials will include maps and
plans, drawings, formal and informal writings, using projected images and paper handouts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Please bring pen and paper (or electronic equivalent).Books and resources will be recommended throughout the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
London history courses starting in September. Please see City Lit website.