Introducing the Landscape of East Anglia

Ref: C2224565

Why does East Anglia look the way it does? We shall see how the landscape changed, as society changed and developed; every period of history leaves its own imprint on the landscape. General themes will include: prehistory & the early settlement of what became "East Anglia"; the medieval landscape & its management; the impact of enclosures; the "age of improvement" in the 18th century, and the effects of more modern changes in land use. In addition, we shall pay particular attention to the special areas which have their own histories - marsh, fen, broads ..... and lots of sand. The idea is to help you to understand more clearly why East Anglia looks the way it does, and also to encourage you to develop your own interpretative skills.

Course aim

To examine the physical background and complex human history that have created a region of distinctive landscapes, in many ways quite different from other parts of Britain. Learn how to untangle the pattern for yourself.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • No special knowledge required - all will be revealed!

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

  • Describe how each historical period has left its mark on the landscape.
  • Identify the key features that make places like the Breckland, or Broadland so distinctive.
  • Begin to identify landscape features and place them within their historical context.
  • Explain why today's landscape is such a complex creation.
  • Gain more pleasure from looking at the landscape with a heightened sense of appreciation.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Hopefully, during the course, you will be able to get out into the landscape and test your own knowledge. The tutor will be creating an interactive online resource dedicated to this course; printed handouts will also be available.

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?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • If you have a laptop, tablet or smartphone, you may find it useful to bring them with you to the class.

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
  • It would be a good idea to get out for a few walks in advance - you may be puzzled by particular features that the tutor will then be able to explain to you.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Hopefully you will feel stimulated to spend more time out in the landscape, with an increased knowledge of what you will be seeing.

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Introducing the Landscape of East Anglia


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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