Day School - Geology of Wessex

Ref: C3530240

We take geology for granted. The expression ‘as old as the hills’ implies stability, a given in our lives with the physical landscape both backdrop and foundation upon. Wessex is an internationally renowned area and well suited to explore geology.

Course aim

Wessex is an internationally renowned area for its geology, and well-suited to introduce the subject to beginners. The course will outline the rocks, minerals, key fossils and landforms of our region, revealing dynamics of the 'World in the past'.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • I anticipate learners who sign up will be proficient in English. Should this not be the case, I will take care to include anybody who may need support.

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

  • Appreciate the timeframe for geological processes in the Wessex region.
  • Learners will gain a basic grasp of the range of geological processes, specifically basic rock types (sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic) and also rock deformation.
  • Appreciate the range of geology in our region, and also how the combination of rock deformation and geological composition of individual formations influences the landscape.
  • Outline how the evidence from fossils in Wessex reflects changes in both life forms and physical environment throught geological time.
  • Appreciate the role of geology has in influencing the economic development of the region, for example minerals, agriculture and water supply.

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
  • Some rock specimens and geological maps will be supplied.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Handouts will be provided. Learners should bring whatever note-taking and sketching equipment they like, be it electronic or pen and paper!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • However, on request, reading material can be recommended.

What can I do next?

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School - Geology of Wessex

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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