Course title:
Empire and its Gardens
Tutor:
Sarah Law
Course ID:
C3747088
Start date:
25/04/2022
End date:
06/06/2022
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Mon 25 Apr 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Mon 09 May 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Mon 16 May 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Mon 23 May 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Mon 06 Jun 2022 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 5
Total number of classroom hours: 10
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 10
Date
Mon 25 Apr 2022
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 09 May 2022
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 16 May 2022
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 23 May 2022
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 06 Jun 2022
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Total sessions:
5
Total number of classroom hours:
10
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
10
Venue:
Classroom Face to Face with Canvas (for SLR & teaching file)
Woodley Hill House
Woodley Hill House
Eastcourt Avenue
Reading
RG6 1HH
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
No
Programme details
Programme title:
Programme aims:
Programme description:
Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
Fee
£45.00 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?
Nothing
Course aim:
To introduce students to the dynamic character of colonial botanic gardens in the nineteenth century. To tell the stories behind familiar commodities (coffee, tea, cocoa, rubber), their environmental legacy and how garden directors engaged with this.
Course description:
This course is about botanic gardens of the British Empire, focussing, in particular, on the Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya in the past colony of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). It looks at the origins of colonial botanic gardens; how they developed within an imperial network with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew at its hub; and the multiple (and often conflicting) roles that these gardens performed. Plants of empire, as historian David Arnold points out, were situated within a ‘volatile nexus’ of science, commerce, state politics and personal ambition. Ceylon's strategic location, rich biodiversity and various climatic zones made it important both scientifically and economically for the acclimatisation of new crops. By the mid-nineteenth century, many garden directors were becoming aware of the environmental costs of plantation agriculture. The rich archival sources for Peradeniya will allow us to examine this so-called ‘Green Imperialism’ through the eyes of its successive directors.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Understand the vital role played by plants within the British Empire.
2. Evaluate the character and complex role of botanic gardens.
3. Assess the stories behind familiar commodities such as coffee, tea, rubber, cocoa.
4. Describe the roots of environmentalism.
How will I learn?

We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

WEA Canvas online learning area

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What next?

Your tutor will talk with you about what you could do following this course.

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