'Against the grain': political, social and cultural radicalism in Britain, 1815-1914

Course Dates: 13/01/20 - 23/03/20
Time: 10:15 - 12:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Peter Street

This interactive lecture course examines radical ideas and action notably the right to vote, the governing/composition of the UK, gender relations, animal welfare, (non-) religious belief, socialism, anarchism, terrorism and the Arts from the later 19th century.


What is the course about?

The course considers radical ideas, action, campaigns and legislation relating to social, economic, political and cultural aspects of the period in Britain and Ireland .

What will we cover?

The course will include:

The governing and make up of the UK

The right to vote

The development of women’s and family rights together with the emergence of the New Woman

Animal, environmental and heritage campaigns

Reappraisals in religion; secularism and atheism

Scientific radicalism; spiritualism; psychical research

Trade unionism, socialism, terrorism and anarchism

Literary and visual arts, including theatre from the late 19th century, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Aestheticism.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify key radical ideas and action in the period regarding who should have the right to vote, the nature/role of government and composition of the UK; gender relations, animal welfare, growing religious diversity together with the changing nature of and attacks on (in particular) Christian belief; socialism, anarchism, terrorism and movements in the literary and visual arts from the late 19th century.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

An introductory course. No previous knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will be delivered through a mixture of formal input and discussion; student participation encouraged.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs; requisites for optional note taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HBHO3 'Seeing it through': the Home Front in Britain during the First and Second World Wars.

Tutor Biographies
We’re sorry. We don’t have a bio ready for the tutor of this class at the moment, but we’re working on it! Watch this space.

Book your place

Course Code: HBH02

Mon, day, 13 Jan - 23 Mar '20

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

Full fee: £199.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £88.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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