Protecting the Planet

Ref: C2226628

We have a serious environmental crisis, involving climate change, species decline and pollution. The course describes the history of awareness of environmental problems, and discusses cases. It argues that the science of ecology can help us understand and deal with these problems. The course describes the growth of the environment movement and alternative views within it.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 19/02/2020

Course aim

To examine the problems facing the natural environment today, and to discuss the environment movement with regard to its origins and history, policies, goals and philosophy.

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 stages in the development of environmental awareness and the environment movement.
  • describe and explain some examples of damage to the environment (how they arise, and how they could be stopped or otherwise ameliorated).
  • describe and discuss the evidence for man-made climate change, and its likely effects
  • show through discussion or writing that I understand that there are different political and even philosophical approaches to the subject of protecting the natural environment
  • articulate my own ideas on the problem of protecting the planet.

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • You might feel able to join a pressure group such as Friends of the Earth, or even the Green Party!

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Protecting the Planet

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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