Coastal Landscapes of East Anglia

Ref: C2224614

As coastlines go, that of East Anglia is young, dynamic & often unruly. We shall be looking at the physical evolution of the entire East Anglian coast; the development and impact of human activities around the coastal strip, and attempting to analyse what may happen here in the future.... We shall especially focus on those sections which show distinctive landscape features: the "barrier" coast of North Norfolk; the area around The Wash; the Sandlings of Suffolk; Orfordness and its neighbours; the East Coast estuaries, and the fragile glacial cliffs of the North East section. The idea is to explain to you how these landscapes have come to look the way they do, and to help you to develop your own skills in landscape interpretation.

Course aim

The dynamic processes of deposition and erosion are very evident around the coast of East Anglia. The history of human settlement and land use is closely linked to these processes - we'll see how this has created the landscape that we see today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • We all know a bit about our coast, and we all have our favourite places; this course aims to extend that knowledge.

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

  • See that the coast is constantly changing, and always has done.
  • Identify the different types of coastal landscapes and distinguish their main features.
  • Recognise the man-made features in the landscape, and place them within an historical context.
  • Evaluate the most likely threats to the East Anglian coast.
  • Make your own judgment upon the controversial issues of coastal defence.

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 and look at the coast for yourself! The tutor will also be creating an 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 will find it useful to bring them 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 make a few visits to parts of the coast in advance, so that you have a good sense of the subject.

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 walking along the coast, with an increased knowledge of what you will be seeing.

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Coastal Landscapes of East Anglia Course Outline

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