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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: Why Do We Say That?

Join this engaging course that delves into the captivating history and evolution of idioms, expressions, and accents in (British) English. Explore both newer and older accents while uncovering the origins of everyday idioms and literary expressions. The course will also look at slang and secret languages that have evolved over time. This is course is open to beginners and those with prior knowledge of the subject. Taking place online, over the course of six weeks, with access to presentations and discussions even after each session.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Janet Wilson
Course code:
Q00014304
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

History: The Golden Age of Persia

How did the Persian Empire become not just a match for the Roman world, but even surpass it? The Persian Empire underwent a number of major changes and challenges in the 6th century, with the reforms of Khosrow I in particular bringing about a major transformation of Iranian society. A study of the grandeur of that age, looking at both social, courtly and military aspects, is the first aim of this course. We will then do some analysis of the factors which caused a final collapse of that empire during the early seventh century. This course will take place online in a fun and supportive environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 17/04/2024 -
Wed 03/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014328
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

Is Global Warming the fault of the poor old cow?

In this captivating two-week course, participants delve into the significance of methane within the realm of greenhouse gas emissions, specifically its contribution from ruminant sources like cows. The intricacies of the ruminant digestive system and methodologies for its measurement will be elucidated. The course further investigates various approaches aimed at mitigating enteric methane emissions, providing a comprehensive evaluation of their effectiveness. This fascinating course ran by Andrew Notman is open to all, no prior knowledge necessary. Come along and help us discover is Global Warming the fault of the Poor Old Cow?

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 25/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 11:45am
Duration:
2 sessions
Location:
British Legion Hall (Felsted)
Bury Chase
Felsted
CM6 3HA
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00013712
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £14.70

History: Byzantium : Bulwark of Christianity?

How did the Roman Empire survive the great challenges it faced during the 8th century, and yet arise ultimately stronger? We will examine how the reign of Leo III not only ushered in a time of stability but also brought about key developments within mediaeval Roman society, and how, during that time, the Arab threat was confronted and ultimately weakened. Finally, we will examine the issue of iconoclasm manifested itself during the first half of the eighth century, and how that impacted on Roman society at large. This course will examine those events in a friendly and supportive online group.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014178
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

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History: Mythology of the Spring Sky

Do you find the Festive season challenging or lonely? Perhaps you need a break from all the noise and build up that surrounds Christmas and you just need to press pause, take a breath and relax. Give yourself some ‘me’ time, take a break for a little while and join WEA tutor Jane Williams, where she will explore the myths behind well-known constellations of the winter sky, such as Orion the Hunter, the Seven Sisters, and the Great Bear and much more.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 18/04/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00014302
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £5.55

History: The House of Lancaster

The emergence of the House of Lancaster could have led to a major decline of the English realm, yet it achieved its greatest success against the old enemy of France. A consideration of the later reign of Richard II will be made, and what particular factors ultimately led to his overthrow. We will then go on to provide a major analysis of the reign of Henry IV, dealing with the various problems and rebellions faced by the English and how he in turn was able to contain those problems. This course will analyse the course of those events, in a supportive online environment.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 18/04/2024 -
Thu 04/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014354
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

History: British Folklore: Beginners

How did some of the characters and images of British folklore come to be so widely recognised as key elements of British society? We will go on to examine some of the key figures of English folklore tradition, including the main characters of Arthurian and Robin Hood stories, as well as considering the evidence for their origins and historical basis. We will also examine some of the early English and Celtic pagan cults and gods in order to shed light on how those early practices may have gone on to affect habits and customs in later times. We will also identify animals with a British Folklore tradition.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 19/04/2024 -
Fri 05/07/2024
Times:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014176
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40

History: Educating Essex in the 19th Century

This course will look at provision of schooling in North-East Essex in the late-19th century. Using surviving documentation from the period, the course discusses who attended school, where they did so, what these schools were like, what pupils learned and what this schooling prepared them for. You will consider at the importance and efficacy of the school board, changing teaching methods, the move to replace old schools with new buildings and the efforts made to encourage students to get an education. No previous knowledge of the history of education or the nineteenth century is necessary- every student is welcome of this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 20/04/2024 -
Sat 20/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The United Reformed Church (Halstead)
Kings Road
Halstead
CO9 1HJ
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00012245
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £21.00

History: Memories and Myths: Why does History Matter?

Does history matter? How does your view of the past affect your approach to the present? Whose interpretations can you trust? As debates rage about the legacy of the British Empire and the pulling down of statues, this course gives you an opportunity to take a more nuanced look at some of the issues involved. You will be able to look at case-studies, and to explore questions about the nature of history and the way we discuss it. The course will help you to form your own views on these controversial topics.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 20/04/2024 -
Sat 20/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Cornerstone (Wokingham)
Norreys Avenue
Wokingham
RG40 1UE
Tutor:
Symon Hill
Course code:
Q00013781
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £36.00

Philosophy: The Problem of Evil

Does God exist? Well, the existence of evil (viz. pain, suffering, …) in the world has been considered by many to be problematic for the claim that God exists. This course considers this issue rationally and rigorously. It considers a number of key things: (i) the classical variety of the problem, viz. the logical problem of evil ; (ii) an influential response which has been given to it by an American philosopher, Alvin Plantinga ; (iii) and some explanations of the existence of evil in a world created by God. No prior specialist knowledge is required to attend this course.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 03/06/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
The Cornerstone (Wokingham)
Norreys Avenue
Wokingham
RG40 1UE
Tutor:
Karim Esmail
Course code:
Q00013766
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00