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Alterations and Free Hand Cutting Techniques (Improvers) View details

This course is going to give you an opportunity to do your little bit for the environment by learning how to recycle, upcycle, customize, mend, and alter your old clothes and unwanted fabrics. You will also learn free hand cutting and sewing techniques

Philosophy: Equality - fair or Unfair View details

Inequality is often regarded as inherently unjust. In particular, it is assumed that significant inequalities of wealth or opportunities are in themselves morally objectionable - which suggests that perfect equality would be ideal. But the issues are more complex. Someone with a disability for example may need more resources than others without a disability, and not many people would regard it as unfair to provide the person with the disability with more resources. Most would say instead that it is only fair that he/she gets what they need. So there can be fair inequalities and unfair equalities. This short course explores these issues with the help of ideas from political philosophers including Amartya Sen and John Rawls.

The Axial Age: From the Bronze Age Collapse to the time of Jesus View details

We will be looking at the period between 1200 BCE and 100 A.D/CE in which many of today's world religion's have their roots. this period has been widely referred to as the 'Axial Age'. Key concepts and new aspects of human consciousness were developed and reflected on in this vital period of human history; we will attempt to develop an overview of the forces behind these transformations.

A Brief History of Writing: from Hieroglyphs to Hypertext View details

Through writing, humanity has recorded its thoughts, activities and ideas. This course will take us through a fascinating journey of how writing started and how it evolved over time and place. We will look at the concept of writing, itself, explore proto-writing, cuneiform, hieroglyphs, alphabets, scripts and runes, touching on the interaction between orality and literacy. The journey will take us across continents and on to electronic communication and its impact on the written word. This course will be of interest to anyone with a curiosity for history or general linguistics.

Transhumanism: The Future Human Condition online with Dr. Ben Trubody View details

What is the future of humanity? How dependent should humans be on technology? What about the ethical status of artificial intelligence? Is the desire for unlimited technological power really just a replacement for God? These are just some of the questions the field of transhumanism asks and attempts to answer. On this short course we will look at 2 types of ‘transhumanism’ which we will call ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ transhumanism. Put very briefly, the difference between these two is whether what makes us human is to either be celebrated or eliminated? In a world that is becoming ever more technologically saturated, where its presence in our daily lives is becoming unavoidable, how does this affect not only how we live, experience reality, but what we think being human means and whether our physical-biological existence is worth saving?

Help Your Child Manage Stress and Anxiety View details

Many children face fears and worries, for some children, these fears and worries effect their daily lives. This course will cover some strategies to help you to provide tools to help your child manage their anxieties.

Literature: Emily Dickinson, Further Poems with Dr Robert-Louis Abrahamson View details

Emily Dickinson wrote over 1,700 short poems, only a few of which were published in her lifetime, but her work has become acclaimed as some of the most important and influential poetry of the nineteenth century. The poems challenge us to read them carefully, paying attention to the wit and passion contained in the imagery and in her rebellion against traditional poetic practices. The lively discussions in our weekly sessions draw upon the students variety of backgrounds, everyone working together to share their responses and learn from each other.

Beadweaving View details

During this course learners will learn some basic beadweaving techniques including how to string beads and attach clasps, beading stitches including ladder, brick and peyote and how to use a beadloom

Craft: Seeds and Berries - Autumnal themed hand embroidery View details

During this course there is an opportunity to produce either a mini embroidered sampler or create your hand embroidery on a blank fabric tote bag. The embroidery will depict plants and berries in their Autumnal state. Learn how to simplify plants you see in nature into a basic design to stitch, using traditional embroidery stitches. This course is for improvers and learners with a basic hand stitching knowledge, and an interest in learning how traditional crafts enhance personal wellbeing.

Literature: George Eliot & Middlemarch with Dr Mark Crees View details

George Eliot had such high expectations of her own novels. She had no intention of ever becoming a ‘silly’ novelist, of writing escapist potboilers for the masses. Instead, she hoped that her books might help us lead better, deeper, kinder lives. ‘The greatest benefit we owe to the artist,’ she once wrote, ‘whether painter, poet, or novelist, is the extension of our sympathies.’ All of George Eliot’s books can be read with this creed in mind, yet none more so than her masterpiece, Middlemarch. She wrote it in eight distinct books, so this course will also run for eight-weeks. We will read this remarkable novel together. At first, Middlemarch may seem like a rather long book, running to nearly a thousand pages, but at the heart of it lies one very straightforward question. What is it really like to be another person?