Mysteries of the Universe

Ref: C2341870

Astronomy is a very dynamic subject - new research results come to light which cause scientists to re-examine some of our ideas about the universe. We will consider some of the problems currently forcing astronomers to scratch their collective heads: e.g. what is dark matter? Is there any evidence for its existence? Is there something not quite right about our understanding of gravity? That's just one example. We will also study topics where there is more certainty such as the planets and stars you can see in the autumn sky.

Course aim

To provide a guide to stars and planets that can be seen in the autumn sky and to introduce learners to some of the latest ideas in astronomy and cosmology.

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:

  • Recognise stars and planets in the autumn sky
  • Participate in a small group project
  • Bring to class an object, drawing, photograph or article etc. that will be of interest to others in the group.
  • Describe our current state of knowledge regarding TWO 'mysteries of the universe' as discussed in class (and from a list compiled in conjunction with the tutor).

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • 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
  • 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 or pre course work is required

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

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Mysteries of the Universe

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

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

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