Reading the Landscape: History and Archaeology in the Yorkshire Dales

Ref: C3671108

Unique landscapes in northern England have been influenced by human activity over thousands of years. With detailed examples from the Craven Dales, this course will examine broad themes, such as agriculture and climate change, that have helped to create the landscapes of today. We will look at evidence from traditional surveys and excavation, and will explore the potential of the latest technology to help us to 'read' the landscape and find out more about our ancestors.

Course aim

The course will introduce major themes in the development of the landscape of northern England, with particular reference to the Craven Dales.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand major factors that have influenced the development of landscapes in northern England.
  • Recognise different types of evidence in the historical landscape of the Craven Dales.
  • Understand why the historical landscape of the Craven Dales is of national significance.
  • Critically evaluate different approaches to recording and investigating historical landscapes.
  • Understand the contribution of new technology and the latest research findings to our understanding of historical landscapes in northern England.

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

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

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Reading the Landscape: History and Archaeology in the Yorkshire Dales 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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