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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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History: Smuggling in Essex - The Romance and the Reality

How do the popular representations of smuggling in novels, songs, poems, paintings and film match up to the reality of the trade on the Essex coast in the 18th century? We will look at some of the enduring romantic depictions alongside official records and reports to consider the reality of life for people up and down the Essex coast whether engaged in smuggling or the fight against it. This fascinating course is open to all!

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 27/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The United Reformed Church (Halstead)
Kings Road
Halstead
CO9 1HJ
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013658
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £31.50

History: Ancient Egypt’s Cultural Heart - The Middle Kingdom

Ancient Egyptian civilization endured for three thousand years and includes a 300-year period termed by Egyptologists the Middle Kingdom. In this course suitable for both newcomers and those with more experience of ancient Egypt we explore this fascinating period in Egypt’s history. The Middle Kingdom in Egypt is a time of literature, pyramids, conquest and fascinating artefacts. In this course which will be rich in visuals but also include some texts we will explore different types of evidence together in an informal setting to seek to understand more about this pivotal time in ancient Egypt.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Woodley Hill House (Reading)
Woodley Hill House
45 Eastcourt Avenue
Reading
RG6 1HH
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00012306
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
2 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00

History: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt

Sources from ancient Egypt do not just tell us about tombs and death, we can learn a lot about life over 3000 years ago as well. Egyptians could write frankly, satirically, or even humorously providing a fascinating insight into an ancient society. In a study day suitable for all we consider topics such as work, play, education, games, birth, death, love and more. You will read texts and view images from ancient Egypt in order to explore and evaluate the evidence for the daily life of individuals and the elite in ancient Egypt.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 28/02/2024 -
Wed 27/03/2024
Times:
10:15am - 12:15pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
John Billman
Course code:
Q00012305
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

History: World War One - Causes and Effects

The course will cover the major causes of the first world war, referring to some of the historiography concerning those causes. It will cover the major outcomes of the war especially but not limited to the treaties of 1919. It will cover the major events of theatres of war outside the Western Front, particularly Africa, the Middle East and Pacific. The course will be lecture based though student contributions and discussion will be encouraged.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 14/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Roger McMaster
Course code:
Q00012960
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £28.50

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History: Courts and Yards

At the turn of the 20th Century more than 10% of Norwich’s population lived in its old courts and yards which were notorious for containing its worst slums. Join local historians and authors Frances and Michael Holmes to learn more about their research into the courts and yards of Old Norwich. During this course, we will cover all aspects of the yards, including conditions, expansion, clearance and communities who lived there. Two of the sessions will be class based, the third will encompass a walk taking in parts of Oak Street, Wessex Street and St Benedicts street.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 01/03/2024 -
Fri 15/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Charing Cross Centre
17-19 St John Maddermarket
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1DN
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00011945
How you'll learn:
In venue
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £30.00

History: Sugar and Spice and all things nice - two foods which changed the world

Find out on this course why our voracious appetite for sugar and spices created a legacy that echoes to this day. Sugar and spice course overview Find out on this course why our voracious appetite for sugar and spices created a legacy that echoes to this day. Nowadays, we can all pop along to our local supermarket and find a whole wall of food and drink, And It’s hard to imagine that these foods helped build much of the machinery that runs the Western World.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 02/03/2024 -
Sat 02/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (King's Lynn)
38 Bridge Street
King's Lynn
PE30 5AB
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00013732
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00

Gardening Practical: Caring for Plants and Trees

A wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature exploring techniques for caring for plants and trees . This welcoming and friendly two day course is open to all- beginners or improvers . Together we will explore the significant role of trees in regenerating ecologies and we will be practicing sustainable techniques to grow organically and enhance local biodiversity. The course is fortunate to be hosted at the award winning Bosavern Community Farm in St Just and delivered by our experienced tutor.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 12/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013508
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Understanding Politics

Dr Stephen Wilkinson will discuss the ideas of three seminal thinkers in the history of Political Economic thought. In the first lecture Steve will explain Marx's dissection of the Capitalist mode of production in his masterwork Capital Volume 1 and lay to rest many misperceptions about his critique of the system. In the second, he will discuss the ideas of free market advocate, economist Friedrich Hayek, as expressed in his book, The Road to Serfdom, which Margaret Thatcher is said to have carried with her everywhere in her handbag. Finally, Steve will present the criticism of the free market conceptualisation by Karl Polanyi, whose masterwork, The Great Transformation, was conceived very much as an answer to Hayek. Students attending these lectures will obtain a greater understanding of economics and philosophical thought and how these works of the late 19th and mid-twentieth century deal with ideas that are still relevant to the world of today

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 05/03/2024 -
Tue 19/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013763
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.00

Philosophy: Great Modern Philosophers

Western philosophy begins with the ancient Greeks in the 6th century BCE. It includes three principal periods: Ancient Greek, Medieval, and Modern. This short course considers the Modern period. (The Modern period begins in the 17th century with the great French philosopher, Rene Descartes.) It considers some of the key elements in the thought of some of the great philosophers of this period. These philosophers are Descartes, Leibniz, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Wittgenstein. These philosophers are concerned with a wide range of issues including knowledge, language, the world, and God. No prior specialist knowledge is required to attend this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 08/05/2024
Times:
10:45am - 12:45pm
Duration:
7 sessions
Location:
Leighton Buzzard Theatre Lounge (Leighto
Lake Street
Leighton Buzzard
LU7 1RX
Tutor:
Karim Esmail
Course code:
Q00013644
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee:
£58.80

History: The Last Tsars

A three week online course with historian David Price. If you have an enthusiasm for history and culture, this course will be of interest”. We will look at the lives and reigns of the last three Tsars; and questions are invited for those who wish to for discussion. The course will also show online images. A look at the history of the Russian Empire from the end of the Crimean War until the February Revolution of 1917, concentrating on the personalities and decisions of the last three Tsars – Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II – and how these three rulers affected the course of history for more than 120 million people living in the empire.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 06/03/2024 -
Wed 20/03/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Tutor:
David Price
Course code:
Q00013234
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £22.20