The Earth on Fire

Ref: C2224618

This course will describe and explain the variety and distribution of volcanoes worldwide, the forces which produce them, and the nature of eruptions and other forms of volcanic activity. We shall consider some of the world’s greatest eruptions and their effects, and look at volcanic rocks and landscapes in Britain and Europe.

Course aim

This course aims to provide an introduction to volcanoes and volcanic activity. It will explain the distribution, nature and variety of volcanoes and other volcanic phenomena and of volcanic rocks and landscapes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Explain the origins and causes of volcanic activity
  • Recall a number of significant volcanic events
  • Recognise different types of volcano, volcanic activity and volcanic landscape
  • Discuss the influence of volcanic activity on man

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

Download full course outline

The Earth on Fire Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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