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A Brief History of the Labour Party (c 1840-1906) View details

What was the Labour Party and why was it founded? Who were the men and women of the British labour movement? How and why did they represent the specific political, social and economic interests of working class people from diverse backgrounds? This course will use these questions to understand the pre and early history of the Labour Party in the context of the trade union movement, socialist ideology and universal suffrage. We will discover why and how the Labour Party came to prominence in a political system previously dominated by the aristocracy and landed classes. It will also introduce students to the diversity of political thought among fellow travellers in the labour movement and what they wished to achieve politically.  

Level 2 Award in Preparation for Work in Community Interpreting View details

This is an accredited course. You will need to talk to a member of staff and do a short activity to make sure the course is right for you. For more information and to book an appointment please call 0300 303 3464 This course is for students who are interested in community interpreting work in a voluntary or paid capacity. You will gain knowledge and skills of community interpreting; learning about the role of codes of practice and the settings where interpreters may be required to work (including housing, education, social care, welfare benefits, immigration and health.)

The Medieval Art of War - Armour & Weapons, Castles & Battles View details

Warfare has always been an arms race. As the ability to defend one's body or one's home became stronger, the ways of penetrating those defences had to change and adapt. As the range and power of offensive attacks grew, the need to develop better defences resulted in change and improvement. With the invasion of the Normans in 1066, the United Kingdom moved into a new phase in the history of warfare. By 1485, the way that battles were fought was undergoing another enormous change. But how did the arms and armour of knights and soldiers change over these years? What changes caused the design of castles to alter over this period of nearly 500 years? How did improvements in the design and function of siege weaponry lead to a completely different approach to warfare in the 15th century? Over a period of 10 hours, this course will give you a glimpse of some ways that war and warfare changed during the late medieval period.

Exploring Opera: Britten - A Midsummer Night's Dream View details

Exploring Opera: a course for everyone, from beginners to advanced opera lovers, interested in Benjamin Britten and his opera 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and discussing its merits and significance. Students will learn to appreciate the music and watch the opera, using their knowledge and understanding to discuss their own responses and opinions with other students, as well as learning about the historical background to the story, the music and the composer.

Healing Through Memoir Writing View details

Are you interested in healing through memoir writing? In this course we'll be sharing writing about a range of experience. The focus is on narrating the past and the journey travelled to be at peace in the present and future. Whether you're writing for yourself, as a record for loved ones, or with a view to publication, this course will give you the tools to shape your story.

Basic Skills View details

This course is part of the Developing Skills for Confidence in Life and Work programme, you will study 2 courses. Please view details for more information.

Flash in the Pan: Stories Under 1000 Words View details

Many times have I heard from students that writing novel-length stories comes naturally but the hefty workload behind it often prevents them from producing work on a regular basis. 'I'd love to create short pieces to send off to magazines or simply for that sense of achievement but short-form seems to alien to me'. Trust me, I understand the difficulty but I'm here to break down the creative process step-by-step and introduce the basics of writing 'Flash Fiction'; that is, stories under 1000 words. We will define what it is, briefly explore its origins, consider the current state of its surrounding industry and subculture, observe a variety of examples, revise the ways in which we might be more concise in our storytelling, and produce our own original flashfic with practice and sharing said works. This short course will feature lecture, discussion, examples, and exercises to educate ourselves on the art of rapid-fire storytelling that leaves readers happy yet hungry for more!

Musicals - Strife, Lowlife and High Society View details

A look at history through musicals, including Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Singin' in the Rain, Miss Saigon and others. The course will examine political, cultural and social issues that form the basis of the plots and how the historical contexts in which they were written have affected views of history portrayed in the shows themselves. We will also look at the history of musicals from their appearance in vaudeville/music hall in the 19th century through to the beginning of more serious musical theatre in the 1920s. We will also consider in particular the life and career of Cole Porter, whose background and lifestyle contrasted markedly with those of the mainly Jewish composers and writers behind some of the best-known musicals. With film clips and musical extracts.

Creative Writing (Beginners) View details

Are you a secret scribbler or a wannabe prize winner? Have you always wanted to write great stories, poems or memoir? This supportive and friendly course will help you to develop your writing at your own level and pace. Join us to be inspired and challenged. Be prepared to write, write, write.

Creative Writing Advanced View details

A relaxed exploration of creative writing, including writing practice. We will study techniques of fiction writing, memoir and poetry. We will look at work by published authors, examining techniques they have used in their writing, and using this to inspire new writing. The class will be about encouragement and sharing, and there will be opportunities to give and receive feedback.