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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: 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:
8 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

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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

History: The Course of Irish History – 1848 to the Good Friday Agreement

This second part of two courses traces events from the Great Hunger of 1848-9 up unto the turn of our present century. Fenianism, Home Rule and Land Reform struggles , the Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence, partition, the Civil War and then the separate fortunes of Northern Ireland and the Free State, (later the Republic) will all be discussed in depth. We conclude with the Civil Rights movement, the Troubles and the peace process. Throughout we use a wealth of documentary evidence, the latest historical analysis, news reports, art, literature, film and photography to illuminate a compelling narrative.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014215
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Nature, Ecology & Permaculture: How to be green when you clean

Trying to be a bit Greener? Worried about using chemicals in your house? This could be the course for you. We will be looking at alternatives to buying specific cleaning products, specifically using things that are cheap and that you will probably already have in your cupboards, so not only doing your bit for nature, but saving you money as well! This course is being run on International Mother Earth Day.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 22/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Catherine Wilcock
Course code:
Q00014235
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £7.40

History: 'Wish you were here’ – a history of holidays through the ages

What did it feel like to be a holiday maker in the past? Originally holidays were just Holy Days and a chance to make merry but they didn’t involve you leaving home. Travel for leisure really does not start until the 17th century with trips to a spa or seaside town for health reasons and to enjoy the social life. Later the Grand Tour is available for the wealthy. Change comes with the railways and cheap day trips, and in the 20th century paid holidays, seaside towns and holiday camps. Over the last 50 years overseas holidays, have been within the reach of many but what do current environmental and social concerns mean for the future? Join the class to find out more.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 28/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Kate Antoniou
Course code:
Q00013710
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

History: The Myths Behind our Constellations

You can probably spot the Plough (or Saucepan) in the sky so as to find North, and may know that it's also called The Great Bear, but do you know the story behind that Bear and what her name is? Maybe you see Orion in the winter sky, and know he was a Hunter, but what did he hunt? Who was Cassiopia, other than 'that W shaped one,' and why is Andromeda near her in the sky?

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 23/04/2024 -
Tue 23/04/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Tutor:
Jane Williams
Course code:
Q00014303
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £7.40