Day School: The Challenge of the Fens

Ref: C2226980

The intensely farmed landscapes of the Fens depend on a complicated balance among diverse factors: local management of water, soil, gravel and clay, wildlife, farm herds and crops; management of water upstream, in the Midlands; and levels of land and sea to the north and east. Study of changes in the balance over the past four millennia can help in predicting the district's future. Over the past four centuries, shifts among economic, political and ethical priorities in the district itself, across the rest of Britain and, recently, the EU, have complicated the process greatly.

Additional information about this course

This course ends at 4pm. There is a 30 mins break in the morning, a lunch break of 1.5 hours and a 15 mins break in the afternoon. Lunch is included.

Course aim

to review the history of the Fens with a view to implications for the future: a study in environmental and cultural sustainability

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • recognize the principal factors determining the condition of the Fens
  • Describe the sequence of the principal phases of the district's history
  • relate the historical geography to the environmental, social, economic, political and cultural history

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

What else do I need to know?

  • All that has to be brought is paper and pen or pencil

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: The Challenge of the Fens


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