Course title:
Charles Darwin: the Development of his Brilliant and Dangerous Idea
Tutor:
John Fletcher
Course ID:
C3747379
Start date:
03/11/2021
End date:
08/12/2021
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Wed 03 Nov 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Wed 10 Nov 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Wed 17 Nov 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Wed 24 Nov 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Wed 01 Dec 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Wed 08 Dec 2021 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM 2
Total sessions: 6
Total number of classroom hours: 12
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 12
Date
Wed 03 Nov 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Wed 10 Nov 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Wed 17 Nov 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Wed 24 Nov 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Wed 01 Dec 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Date
Wed 08 Dec 2021
Times
14:00 PM - 16:00 PM
Hours
2
Total sessions:
6
Total number of classroom hours:
12
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
12
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
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Who is this programme for?
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Fee
£54.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
Other

No prior knowledge or skills are required to enjoy this course.

Other

No prior knowledge or skills are required to enjoy this course.

What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
The course will include time and opportunity for questions, feedback and discussion.
Course aim:
To satisfy student's curiosity and wish to know more about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution. To understand the importance of evolution for understanding the origin of mankind and why evolution by natural selection is almost certainly true.
Course description:
Charles Darwin was a modest, somewhat conventional Victorian gentleman whose ideas changed the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves. The theory of 'Evolution by Natural Selection', co-originated by Alfred Russel Wallace at almost exactly the same time, does not just explain the origin of species, it shows how order and design can arise in the natural world without the need for a creator. Following Darwin and Wallace we have learnt much about the origin, the structure and the function of living things and now, barely 150 years later, we can direct the evolution of species including our own. This course will look at the life and tribulations of Darwin and his family and how he came to launch a scientific and cultural revolution. We will see how his ideas have developed and have become the very foundation of biological science. We will also look at how 'Darwinism' and the concept of 'survival of the fittest' have been used and misused to further social and political ends.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. Explain the key events in the life of Darwin and his family and the development of his character and achievements.
2. Outline the essential features of the theory of evolution by natural selection and how Darwin came to this theory by observations and experiments.
3. Indicate the importance of evolutionary theory in biological science and its impact on wider aspects of society and culture.
4. Have an appreciation for the life-long work that Darwin carried out beyond the immediate publication of the book 'Origin of Species'
5. Understand how the idea of evolution and natural selection have been used and abused to support political, economic and social objectives. Appreciate why some people still oppose 'Darwinism' and reject its conclusions.
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.

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What next?

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