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Psychology, Philosophy, Culture, History and Law

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire


Start date: 14th Jan 2020

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Cost: £95

Day: Tuesday

Duration: 10 weeks

Tutor: Andy Ison

Course code: 20SP94

This course is for anyone interested in: British and World History; the nature and origins of the British Empire and the reasons for its growth; how it was ruled; how people resisted and opposed it; how it affected life in Britain and how it shaped the modern world

For the first session students will need an interest in people and power an open mind, a desire to learn and a willingness to enquire and question

Additional Costs: None

The course aims to offer an overview of the rise and fall of the British Empire, the largest empire seen in world history, with analysis of the main events and key people in its development as well as a discussion of its impact on Britain and the world in general

The course will cover

• General comments on nature of empire with analysis of the rise and fall of empires in history
• Analysis of England’s relationship with the United Kingdom
• The Age of Exploration and the rise of European colonization
• Britain’s relationship with the great European powers and its impact through war, trade and competition for resources
• The role of piracy, explorers, government and the East India Company
• The development of technology with regard to navigation, exploration, insurance and communication
• Studies of key figures in the growth and control of the Empire
• The importance of India and the dominions in the growth of the Empire
• A study of Britain’s role in the slave trade
• The impact of Empire on Britain’s economy, culture and society and its impact on Britain’s status in the world
• The decline of Empire after World War One
• The winds of change and the move from Empire to Commonwealth
• The legacy of Empire at home and abroad

By the end of the course students will have a broader and deeper understanding of the development of Empire and its impact at home and abroad

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Andy Ison

Andy Ison

I am a qualified secondary school teacher who specialises in History, Politics and Business Studies. I taught in the UK and overseas for 14 years, working as a Head of History at a school in the Midlands and as Vice-Principal of an international school in Germany. I have delivered lectures and taught a range of courses for Rossett Adult Learning since 2016 covering British and World History as well as politics and current affairs.

In my teaching I aim to be interesting, creative and challenging, looking to enthuse students and to encourage debate. I believe we all learn best when we are engaged with the subject, when we care and feel some passion for it, see its relevance to our own experiences and feel a connection with those who are or were involved. Stories, images, maps and debate all play key roles in these classes so that understanding is added to knowledge.

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