How The British Empires Changed The World

At its peak, in the 1930s, the second British Empire included more than a quarter of the world’s population in its dominions, colonies, protectorates and mandates on all six continents. It was the largest empire in the history of the world. It was contiguous, like the great empires before it, but was held together by the Royal Navy, by the English language and British institutions, and by commercial interests. Some critics would say, by exploitation and oppression. By the end of the century the imperial glory had faded and gone, but its legacy remains. This course examines the story of the two British empires, the first the American Empire and the second global empire and their legacy.


Course Tutor
Douglas Golding


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D203


Getting Started
1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. There are many existing groups that welcome new members. If you wish to start a new group to suit your situation WEA can help you, please note that a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
2. Arrange the meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.


How to Enrol
1. First check the availability of your selection by contacting WEA Sydney. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices).
2. Indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.
3. Download and fill out a copy of the WEA Sydney Discussion Group Program Enrolment Form and send it to the Discussion Group Co-ordinator to enrol.