The Challenge of the Fens

Ref: C2224283

The intensely farmed landscapes of the Fens depend on a complicated balance among diverse factors: local management of water, soil, gravel and clay, wildlife, farm herds and crops; management of water upstream, in the Midlands; and levels of land and sea to the north and east. Study of changes in the balance over the past four millennia can help in predicting the district's future. Over the past four centuries, shifts among economic, political and ethical priorities in the district itself, across the rest of Britain and, recently, the EU, have complicated the process greatly.

Course aim

The Fens, past and future, offer a vivid case study in ecological and social sustainability. Our course distinguishes the principal factors, technological and political, local, regional and international.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Distinguish the principal variables that determine Fen landscapes
  • Recognize the reciprocal effects of changes among the variables determining Fen landscapes
  • Assess the respective contributions of geography, history and archeology to the study of this subject and, by extension, others.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • The group may wish to consider the option of an excursion.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Challenge of the Fens


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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