Learning for Life: Local Affairs and the Wider World

Ref: C3743878

We will celebrate the success of the two local granddads who rowed across the Atlantic in December 2018 We will learn about two local or wider world current affairs. We will learn about Antarctica and the work the British Antarctic Survey team and their studies of fur seals in relation to global warming with a visit from a BAS scientist We will learn about how a cello works from a local Russian cellist.

Course aim

To study prominent people, local history and local events, including their impact on society past and present

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • know about global warming and understand the scientific studies in Antarctica that are showing us how serious this issue is
  • review the many arguments and beliefs about global warming and think about what we can do about it
  • know the history of a WW1 naval ship in Portsmouth and visit it in the Royal Naval Dockyard.
  • celebrate an achievement of two local men who rowed the Atlantic and find out the highs and lows of their voyage
  • find out how an instrument works through speaking with a professional cellist

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • You need to bring a pen and pencil

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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

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Learning for Life: Local Affairs and the Wider World


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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