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Here at the WEA we offer a huge range of humanities and science courses, with something for everyone.  

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If you’re interested in the natural world, our geography and environment courses are the perfect choice. Our packed curriculum explores some of the biggest issues facing society, such as climate change and the fight against the destruction of some of Earth’s most precious resources. The option to learn in person or online means that our geography courses can whisk you away to a far-flung corner of the globe, all without you ever having to leave your own home. 

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If you choose to take one of our psychology courses you’ll be immersed in the study of the human mind. With options to learn about memory and identity, you’ll get the chance to explore and debate some of the most famous psychological experiments.  

There’s also Sociology too, a subject that focuses on human behaviour, interaction, and relationships. If you’d like to explore some of the biggest questions in life, then our philosophy courses are for you. Small class sizes mean that you’ll get to discuss and debate in a supportive environment, all with an experienced tutor on hand.  

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Personal Development: Map Reading Stage 2- Intermediate

The course will build on your existing knowledge and experience of using map symbols to navigation in lowland countryside using an Ordnance Survey 1 to 25,000 scale map. We will look at ways of refining your existing skills to add fluency to your use of a map in inclement weather and poor visibility. We will also introduce ways of interpreting landscape forms using contours and other clues contained on your map. We will also learn how to use a base plate compass (Eg. Silva Compass) to take bearings and use these to find a route away from clearly defined paths.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 26/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alastair Clark
Course code:
Q00014144
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20

History: Henry VI, Joan of Arc and the Origins of the Wars of the Roses

This course is an exploration of the period of history in England and France during the first half of the fifteenth century. The death of King Henry V in 1422 left a nine-month-old infant as King Henry VI of England. A few months later, the death of the King of France left that infant as King of France as too. The war with the French, the Hundred Years War, was ongoing, and since Agincourt, going England's way. The appearance of an illiterate peasant girl who believed God had chosen her to lead France to victory in its long-running war with England changed everything. Joan of Arc led the French to an overwhelming and unexpected victory and began the process whereby England would lose most of its continental possessions. These are the years of Henry VI and Joan of Arc, the precursor to the Wars of the Roses. No previous knowledge of fifteenth-century history is necessary. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 17/07/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00014315
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £51.80

Art and About: A walk around Winchester Palace, Southwark cathedral & the Liberty of the Clink

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! We will take a gentle stroll around a historic part of London focusing on the remains of the Palace of the Bishops of Winchester and the environs of the Liberty of the Clink looking at documentary evidence as we go and speculating on what the architectural record can tell us. This part of South London has played an important part in history since the Middle Ages and we will trace its story in words, pictures and buildings. By the end of our walk and discussions we will have gained an understanding of the many changes and survivals in the area. Meet at Winchester Palace Information Board. Clink Street, Southwark, London. SE1 9DG

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Winchester Palace
Clink St.
Southwark
London
SE1 9DG
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00015133
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £15.00

History: King Arthur, the history and the myth

This course delves into the myths, legends, and historical theories surrounding Britain's beloved King Arthur, exploring his family, friends, and foes. It aims to distinguish between fact and fiction, recognizing the influence of biases in historical accounts and the speculative nature of much of the Arthurian narrative. Arthur's role as a tool for propaganda is examined, drawing on diverse sources including ancient writings, literature, fiction, and film, supplemented by a brief exploration of archaeology. Offering participants insight into the enduring appeal and manipulation of Arthurian legend throughout history.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 05/06/2024 -
Wed 05/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Forum (Norwich)
Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1TF
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00015243
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £16.80

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12 months
Fee:
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Carbon Literacy

Carbon Literacy is a term used to describe an awareness of climate change, and the climate impacts of humankind’s everyday actions. This course is designed specifically for charities and social enterprises working in public leisure and culture, and gives you the knowledge and tools available to take impactful climate action.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
9:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Lee Armon
Course code:
Q00015271
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
6 places remaining
Status:
Available

History: Art and About: Architecture of the Queen’s House

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! As part of the Festival, come and discover the highlights of the architecture of Greenwich. Having been a royal place of residence for several centuries, this part of London is rich in history. In this field-trip, we will study the architecture of the Queen’s House, its interior and exterior designs making it a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture. We will then turn our attention to the Royal Naval College and St Alfege’s, prime examples of English classical architecture. Meeting point: in front of the Queen’s House, in Greenwich (Romney Rd, SE10 9NF)

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Queens House Greenwich
In front of the Queen’s House
Romney Rd
Greenwich
London
London
SE10 9NF
Tutor:
Caroline Levisse
Course code:
Q00014327
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list (Join waiting list)
Fee range
Free to £15.00

Care 2 Make a Nice Cup of Tea – The History of Tea and Tea Drinking

A course for carers, former carers and the cared for. Join me to find out about history of tea and tea drinking, we'll find out where we got our love of tea and the traditions that surround it. Tea has helped to shape our social traditions , support the rise of the British Empire and contributed to the mighty momentum of the industrial revolution

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 06/06/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Alison Warren
Course code:
Q00014600
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
Free

History: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

This course will explore the evidence of the daily life of individuals and the elite in ancient Egypt. An exploration of work, play, education, games, birth, death, love and punishment.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Ambrose Allen Centre (Tadley)
2 Franklin Avenue
Tadley
RG26 4ET
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00009165
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

History: Art and About: Walking Anglo-Saxon London

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! This is a walk around the former site of Lundenwic, the Anglo-Saxon settlement of London of the 8th and 9th Century. Nothing remains in terms of building but there is much to learn from the archaeological and documentary record. Using the record and the existing street plan and a lot of imagination we can begin to reconstruct something of what the settlement was like. The site of the former settlement encompasses Charing Cross, Covent Garden and the Strand and that will be the area of this very gentle and easy stroll. We will take frequent pauses to consider the evidence and consider the nature and legacy of this ancient settlement. We will meet at 10.30am at Eleanor Cross, Charing Cross Station, WC2N 5PH

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 07/06/2024 -
Fri 07/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting Place:Charing Cross Railway Stat
Charing Cross Station
Strand
London
WC2N 5HS
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014850
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £15.00

Homeland to Hamas: A guide to a greater understanding of the Middle East conflict

For many people the events in the Middle East are horrifying, worrying and confusing. It can be difficult to navigate the often bewildering complexities of the conflict and its historical context. This course is for anyone interested in broadening their understanding of this troubled area. We will explore the claims to Palestine from both the Arab and Jewish perspectives, investigate the progression of the conflict from 1917 to 2011 covering the impact of both world wars, foreign involvement and the different wars and insurrections that have broken out over this period.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 05/08/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
David Halliwell
Course code:
Q00014370
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £66.60