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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: The Myths Behind our Constellations

Ever looked up at the night sky, or the signs of the zodiac, and wondered how the constellations got their names? Why anyone would think those random dots were “obviously” a picture of some strange creature? Or what the stories are behind them? This one-session course picks out some of them that are appropriate to the time of year, and shows why they were important, what their myths are, and how the stories fit together. Today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day, and so we will look at the various myths behind Draco, the Dragon. That includes how the continent of Europe got its name, the founding of Thebes, how Hercules tricked Atlas, and the great war between the Olympians and the Giants. The poor dragon gets killed every time (though not by George).

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

History: Discovering Ukraine Through Its Arts & Culture

This is an introductory course to the country of Ukraine through its Arts, Literature, and Music, led by the experienced university lecturer, who used to visit Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion in February 2022, the world has admired the Ukrainian people, wondering what the sources of their valour and resilience are. This course will help you understand Ukraine and its people, put their traditions in a historical context and provide some background to the current conflict in the region. The course is suitable for people of all abilities.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 29/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Marina Burrell
Course code:
Q00013761
How you'll learn:
Online and in venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

History: A short history of Palestine/Israel 1897-2024

A brief history of the region since the end of the 19th century covering the rule of the Ottomans, The British and the post 1947 story. We will start with an outline of the status of the region by the end of the 19th century before moving on to the Ottoman administration up to 1917. The second session will cover the British Mandate in Palestine up to 1947 including the partition plans of 1937 and 1947. The third and fourth Session will deal with the formation of the state of Israel, the wars of 1947-49, 1956, 1967 and 1973 as well as the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. The final session will take the story from 1987 to the present day including the peace process, the intifadas and the rise of Hamas and Israel’s response

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 24/04/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Ripley Arts Centre (Bromley)
24 Sundridge Avenue
Bromley
BR1 2PX
Tutor:
Laurie Johnston
Course code:
Q00014214
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.00

History: Philosophy Behind the Headlines

The course will briefly introduce the principal ideas of a selection of philosophers and apply these to the discussion of the news headlines and the controversies that lie behind them. This course will encourage discussion and sharing of ideas about current affairs and will involve reflecting on how to make philosophy a part of this discussion.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 25/04/2024 -
Thu 30/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Blue Beetle Room (London)
Hendon Lane
Finchley
London
N3 1TR
Tutor:
Daniel Williams
Course code:
Q00012137
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £60.00

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History: Smuggling in Essex- the Romance and 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.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 01/05/2024 -
Wed 22/05/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Billericay Reading Rooms (Billericay)
73 High Street
Billericay
CM12 9AS
Tutor:
Claire Parker
Course code:
Q00013750
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

History: Visual Culture in Nineteenth-Century England

This course will introduce students to nineteenth-century England. Focusing on five visual media or phenomena, it discusses how they changed ways of looking in this period and even continue to impact our lives today. It is often said that our world is increasingly becoming a true society of the spectacle, yet the origin of a society characterised by the saturation of visual phenomena can be traced back to a time much earlier than many would have thought: the long nineteenth century. From the panorama that revolutionised the way the landscape is was represented to graphic journalism that shaped the perception of monarchy, the nineteenth century marks the beginning of many visual and cultural phenomena whose legacy can still be felt today.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 02/05/2024 -
Thu 06/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Shijia Yu
Course code:
Q00013977
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £45.00

Nature, Ecology & Permaculture: Essex Rock- Geology Beneath the Landscape

This geology-based course will centre on the dynamic processes involved in the creation of different rocks and how the planet constantly recycles these. We will discuss: the organic recycling interface of soil; human use of geology with examples in surrounding buildings, notably church walls which reveal local geology; the meaning of landscape in this dynamic scene.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 02/05/2024 -
Thu 16/05/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
St John the Baptist Church Meeting Room
55 Main Road
Danbury
CM3 4NG
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014237
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £28.50

Gardening Practical: Caring for Plants and Trees 2

This welcoming and friendly three day course is open to all- beginners or improvers Another wonderful opportunity to spend time in nature exploring techniques for caring for plants and trees. The course is fortunate to be hosted at the award winning Bosavern Community Farm in St Just and delivered by an experienced and professional tutor. The course will explore the significant role of trees in regenerating ecologies and will explore practical techniques in growing food ecologically.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 21/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013515
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £75.60

Gardening Practical: Gardening for beginners

This is a 5-week course that will introduce you to gardening. In particular how to grow your own sustainable garden. You will work in the venues own garden to help create a garden that could support the local community and the community could be involved in. You don’t have to know anything about gardening as we have our very own tutor who is highly experienced in everything green. She will support you to create a garden from scratch, learning when to plant, what to plant for fresh family food and to make your garden look beautiful all year round.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 11/06/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Coundon and Leehome Community Centre
Leeholme Rd
DL14 8HN
Tutor:
Jayne Clark
Course code:
Q00013938
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

History: Intermediate- The Viking Age

The Vikings were the terror of western Europe in the 9th Century and remain one of the most striking, fascinating and enduring topics in history. We will examine how Anglo-Saxon England almost collapsed under the weight of the Viking threat; making a detailed exploration of the life and times of Anglo-Saxon England and the other realms of the British Isles as the Mercian hegemony was lost and as they faced the merciless onslaught of the Vikings.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 07/05/2024 -
Tue 16/07/2024
Times:
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Duration:
11 sessions
Tutor:
Gary Slator
Course code:
Q00014240
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £81.40