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Philosophy Basics: What do Political Philosophers do? View details

People make decisions which can affect others (beyond immediate family or friends) - political decisions - and judgements about what is right for a society and about whether those in power are doing what is right for that society. Political philosophers also deal with these issues, but in a more systematic way than most of us are able to in day to day life. The course will give you an indication of what political philosophers do - thinking about the meaning of politics (is every social interaction political ?); defining concepts such as justice, authority or freedom; seeking to understand our current political situation by exploring political ideas of the past; debating justifications of political power and authority; designing principles for collective action and the organisation of society. Knowledge of philosophy is not expected.

Philosophy: Moral outrage - Good or Bad? View details

There seems to have been an increase in moral outrage in our society, especially online, and there is definitely an increase in concern about the negative impact of reacting with anger or condemnation - that the recipients of the anger can be excluded, humiliated or otherwise unfairly treated. In this session I will present a philosophical approach to moral outrage which, while acknowledging the negative consequences of online anger, shows how moral outrage relates to important moral and social values including fairness and social cohesion. Knowledge of philosophy is not expected.

Art on the Thames: the river depicted by artists throughout the ages View details

The Thames, its bridges, embankments, and the monuments standing alongside it are world-renowned symbols of London. Over the centuries, artists have represented the river from many different viewpoints, for all sorts of occasions, and in a variety of artistic styles. We will start with the first known depiction of London in a medieval manuscript and we will progress chronologically. We will discuss works by Claude de Jongh (1631) and Andre Derain (1906), Canaletto (1747), Watts (1849-50), Gustave Dore, and many others.

Summer Still-Life: Flowers, Fruit and Reflective Surfaces in Watercolour View details

Students will discover and experience different ways of depicting flowers, fruits and reflective surfaces such as glass, ceramic and metal in watercolours. Techniques will include the use of washes, colour, overlays and textures and effects.

Understanding Autism - (Free online taster) View details

This taster course, Understanding Autism, introduces the autism spectrum, how it is experienced by different individuals and families, and why it is a global concern. This taster will begin to explain how ideas about autism have evolved and explores diagnosis, causes, intervention and life-span development.

Driving Theory Test View details

This course is for the learners who are going to have a theory test soon. It will help with the questions and terminology used in the theory test. You will do a mock theory test as well.

Taster - Philosophy: Transhumanism View details

What is the future of humanity? How dependent should humans be on technology? What about the ethical status of artificial intelligence? Is the desire for unlimited technological power really just a replacement for God? These are just some of the questions the field of transhumanism asks and attempts to answer. In this one-off class we will look at 2 types of ‘transhumanism’ which we will call ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ transhumanism. Put very briefly, the difference between these two is whether what makes us human is to either be celebrated or eliminated? In a world that is becoming ever more technologically saturated, where its presence in our daily lives is becoming unavoidable, how does this affect not only how we live, experience reality, but how we think about our collective existence?

Learning Latin - Digital Skills to help you improve View details

This short course will include useful practical demonstrations and tasks to help students improve digital skills and in so doing enhance the learning of Latin. Students will interact with Canvas by joining in with online discussions and completing online course activities on Canvas, downloading, saving and uploading documents appropriately.

Strategies for Mentoring adults View details

Students will work in 'buddy groups' to share Mentoring research results. Mentors then take turns to lead each group, with tutor guidance, using the Mentoring book, by Wallace and Gravells as suggested. Instruction in health and safety and risk assessment continues to have priority with regard to pro-active mentoring skills. Mentors work directly with the tutor in the research aspect of the course.

Victorian Art - Pre - Raphaelites View details

Intense colours and minutely detailed surfaces signalled the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s rebellion against established artistic practice. PRB subjects including John Everett Millais’ The Blind Girl and Ford Madox Brown’s Take Your Son, Sir critiqued contemporary society, while paintings with medieval settings imagined a pre-industrial idyll. Eleanor Fortiscue Brickdale, among others, reprised this approach into the twentieth century. At the same time aestheticism and European symbolism brought new beauty to Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Daydream (1880) and to Edward Burne-Jones’ The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898). Course topics include the PRB’s origins, John Ruskin’s influence, the Victorian art market and late Pre-Raphaelitism. Looking is central to the course and we focus closely on famous and lesser-known work by these fascinating British artists.