Molecules of Murder, Food, Medicine and Art Part 1

Ref: C3671335

Dip into the magical world of magnificent molecules that have changed history and shaped our world. Explore the impact of the biochemical sciences, through colourful, digestible presentations and group discussions from life to death. Through a series of presentations there will be an opportunity to develop a greater appreciation of the sciences in everyday life, using topics such as food, medicine and art. There will be a chance to discuss the impact of the media on scientific issues and gain an appreciation of the nature of science. It is hoped that you will gain confidence in challenging the ideas presented by the media and evaluate the impact of 'bad science'.

Course aim

Dip into the magical world of magnificent molecules that have changed history and shaped our world. Explore the impact of the biochemical sciences, through colourful, digestible presentations and group discussions from life to death.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Appreciate the role of sciences in the development of our culture
  • Become aware of the changing nature and perceptions of science
  • Consider the role of the media in public perceptions of science
  • Gain confidence in evaluating information provided by the media

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • please bring paer and pens. A folder would be useful to keep written materials together.

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
  • 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

Download full course outline

Molecules of Murder, Food, Medicine and Art Part 1 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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