Landscape - Aspects of South-East England

Ref: C3741314

The landscape of SE England is a compilation of various rock types which have weathered down into a set of diverse physical regions which in turn have provided sites for settlements, a range of different agricultural systems and also a range of social landscapes. Why do different crops succeed where others fail? Why do some settlements appear ramshackle and chaotic while others seem pristine and picturesque? We will look at the principles behind landscape evolution, whether of a physical, rock based order or a human settlement and societal pattern. Students will have access to a range of source materials which could include British Geological Society maps, census returns and period directory entries; the whole backed up with PowerPoint displays. With student discussion, a field trip will be arranged to illustrate these principles.

Course aim

To provide a brief introduction to the variety of landscapes in SE England, both its physical and human aspects and to encourage students to explore new locations.

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:

  • Identify the main landscape regions of SE England
  • Be aware of the geological underpinning of these landscapes
  • Identify the main social landscapes of the region
  • Observe the relationship between physical and human landscapes
  • Apply landscape studies principles to a landscape of students choice

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
  • 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

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Landscape - Aspects of South-East England


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