Course title:
Plants, Politics, Economics (In the Venue)
Andrew Beharrell
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Date Times Hours
Thu 17 Feb 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Thu 24 Feb 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Thu 03 Mar 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Thu 10 Mar 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Thu 17 Mar 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 5
Total number of classroom hours: 10
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 10
Thu 17 Feb 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Thu 24 Feb 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Thu 03 Mar 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Thu 10 Mar 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Thu 17 Mar 2022
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
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Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
Great Bradley Village Hall
The Street
Great Bradley
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
£32.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
- What you need: You will need an internet connection. please visit: - You will need a personal email address. please visit: - All materials will be provided via Canvas
Course aim:
This course is being delivered both in the venue and online. There will be other learners on Zoom (course C2228666) and the tutor will be on Zoom. In this course we will focus on five plants which have arguably changed the course of history.
Course description:
Plants have, over history, had a significant cultural, economic and political impact. In this course we will look at five different plants and see how the development and use of them has influenced economic and political development. We depend on plants to provide basic human needs such as food, clothing, shelter and even health care, but they are also important raw materials for a broad range of industrial processes. Historically it could be argued that the development of plants has had a more significant impact on society and economic development than most wars and revolutions. The use, and some would say, exploitation of plants provides us with a window on the economic development of society over time.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Analyse the role oftfive different plants in economic development
2. Summarise how various plants have influenced the course of history around the world
3. Discuss the way the role of plants and plant-based technologies have influenced society over time
4. Evaluate the impact of plants on political change
5. Understand the cultural impact of ten different plants over time
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