Day School: What is Landscape?

Ref: C3741335

We all understand what landscape is...or do we? it has different connotations to gardeners and artists, writers and poets, walkers and planners. From its historic Continental roots we will study its origins and evolution and its variety of meanings and usages. We will study both physical landscapes of rocks and slopes, shorelines and cliffs, but also human landscapes of settlement patterns and how the built landscape echoes other themes in our lives, both contemporary and historic.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

Landscape is a word in common use; what does it mean? how has its meaning changed over time? and how do we represent it in art, literature and popular culture?

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 a variety of physical landscapes
  • Identify a variety of human landscapes
  • Consider the approaches of artists and literature to landscape
  • Be aware of landscape change over time
  • Consider how landscapes are viewed from a variety of viewpoints

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • 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

Day School: What is Landscape? 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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