A Geological PotPourri

Ref: C2419106

This course covers three topics. We will look at major ice ages which have taken place over the geological history of the earth, and look at the evidence we can see around the world and their effects. We go out of this world and look at the geology of the moon and compare it with our world. The last topic of this course is a look at super volcanoes past and present. Where are they, how they form and what could happen if they erupt "good bye"

Course aim

The course will cover the major ice ages over the years, the geology of the moon, related to the earth. We finish off with a look at super volcanoes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anybody who is interested in geology and wants to join a friendly group and enjoy discussions

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

  • Understand the effects and causes of ice ages.
  • Describe and recognise the evidence of the action of ice on the landscape
  • Understand the geology of the moon
  • Recognise the similarities and differences in geology between the moon and our world
  • Understand what super volcanoes are where the are and the effects are when they are active

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
  • Bring along any information or samples which you can share with the class (optional)

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Handouts are given but taking notes is useful

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

A Geological PotPourri Course Outline


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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
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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