Course overview

Do you want to delve into one of the most fascinating periods of European history? This is a chance to explore how social conflict, new ideas and the invention of the printing press combined to fuel rapid religious and political change. You can learn how the Reformation took off in central Europe before travelling beyond – including to Britain. You will be able to explore writings from the time and gain new insights into how events of the 16th century influence us today. This course is open to you whatever your knowledge of history and whatever your religious or non-religious views.

Course description

This course will allow you to dive into a fascinating time in which religion and politics could not be separated. You will learn with others about the influence of the printing press, social change and new ideas in the early 16th century. You will discover how the reformation took off in Germany and Switzerland. You can explore the twists and turns of the reformation in Britain, as the law changed rapidly back and forth in a matter of years. This is a good opportunity to find out if common assumptions about the reformation are true! You will look at writings from the time and meet fascinating characters who stood up to authority – and others who defended it. You will have the chance to discuss how the reformation related to political rebellions and wider social change. By the end of the course, you will be able to form your own views about the causes and consequences of the reformation, weighing up different interpretations promoted by historians. You will have gained new insights into how the reformation affects us today, and into why and how change happens when it does.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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