Britain: Politics and Protest in the 1800s
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HBH65
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Each week on this 6-week course we will explore different themes in the political life in the 1800’s, including the colourful careers of ‘radical politicians’ like Henry ‘Orator’ Hunt; and inconsistencies in the franchise such as rotten and ‘potwalloper’ boroughs, the often rowdy public methods of voting, and the reform Acts introduced by Parliament. Other topics will include the protests and petitions produced by the Chartist movement, together with the rise of key players in the women’s suffrage movement, including Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Week 1: ‘A Rotten Candidate for a Rotten Borough’ - The Reform Acts
Week 2: Whigs, Tories & the evolution of political parties
Week 3: Radical politicians, public protests & the working classes
Week 4: Combinations, the Tolpuddle Martyrs & the trade unions
Week 5: ‘Signed Queen Victoria’ - public protests, petitions & the Chartists
Week 6: Women & politics: the early suffrage movement.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Evaluate the C19th concept of ‘radical politics’ and assess its impact on the franchise
• Assess the significance of the Reform Acts
• Explain the factors that contributed to the evolution of political parties in the period
• Evaluate the impact of the trade union movement on labour relations
• Assess the impact of the Chartist movement on the franchise
• Evaluate the historical significance of the early women’s suffrage movement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and no prior knowledge is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online course delivered via Zoom. There is an optional weekly quiz you can complete, for which you will receive feedback from the tutor. Written assignments are not mandatory, but if you wish to undertake one for personal interest, please speak to the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may wish to bring a pen and notepad.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HBH66 The rise of the Institution : the workhouse, the prison & the asylum.