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Thomas Hardy: That Inspired his work - The Mayor of Casterbridge View details

'The Mayor of Casterbridge' is one of Thomas Hardy's most well known novels. There have been films and television adaptations made from the book and it has continued to be sold, with several different editions, since it was published in 1886. But how far are the events of Thomas Hardy's own life and experience reflected in the events and characters depicted in his book? What was life like for Hardy between his birth in 1840 and his death in 1928? How true to life in Victorian Britain were Hardy's main novels? In this talk I will explore the events and characters of Hardy's famous novel and compare their experiences with the actual events of the times. Using evidence, we will see how true the depictions are and look at how far Victorian and Edwardian life affected Hardy as a writer.

Philosophy Basics: What do Moral Philosophers do? View details

Moral questions are often difficult, and it can be hard to know what is morally right in a particular situation. We all have to deal with these issues but philosophers do this in a more systematic way than most of us are able to do in day to day life. They ask what the right basis for moral decisions is - are the consequences of our actions most important ? or the principles we follow in making decisions ? or what kind of person we aspire to be ? They also think about whether morality is subjective, objective or prescriptive. The course will give you an indication of how moral philosophers do this. Knowledge of Philosophy is not expected.

Scandinavian Impressionism: from the Skagen Painters to Anders Zorn View details

In this session, we will study the art of painters like P.S. Krøyer, Anna Ancher and Anders Zorn. After travelling to Paris and London, these painters moved away from the classical art accepted by their art academies, and instead adopted a modern way of painting and modern subject matters. The Impressionists' insistance on light and atmospheric effects was particularly suited to these Nordic artists. For instance, Krøyer and Zorn often painted scenes bathed in the peculiar and wonderful light of long summer evenings.

Introduction to British Sign language View details

Be able to be Deaf aware Be able to fingerspell your name to greet a Deaf person Be able to sign a conversation about you family and pets with number and colours.

Pride in the Potteries: Taster course View details

We all know that Stoke on Trent is world famous for pottery. But what else can we we proud of? These taster sessions will look at Stoke-on-Trent's history - potters, protests, the pride and generosity of the people, plus some famous sons and daughters. From science to witchcraft, politics to art, Stoke-on-Trent has a rich history. Whether you've always lived here or are new to the city, you will enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and make your own discoveries.

Start Your Own Small Business View details

Starting Your Own Small Business is an introductory/beginners' course for anyone who is considering setting up a small or micro-business, or is considering self-employment as a career option. If you are looking at this course because you are considering working for yourself in some capacity, you will find lots of information of interest. You may notice that some activities ask you to think about a business you are planning to start, but if you do not have a business in mind, this shouldn’t stop you from completing the course, as you can consider any potential business for the activities.

Victorians at Play: The Cinema View details

As the 19th century drew towards its close, the Victorians were able to enjoy a new leisure activity in the form of the 'moving photographs' projected by the Cinematograph and similar devices. This lecture will look briefly at the technology that made this possible, including who developed it and where, before considering other aspects of what became an enormously popular form of entertainment. How accessible was it to different social classes; and what was so exciting about films such as 'Father Playing with his Children', 'Rough Sea at Ramsgate' and 'Gardener Burning Weeds'. The first purpose-built cinemas were not opened until the early 20th century - so where did the Victorians watch their films? Given their highly inflammable nature, what sort of control was exercised over these venues - or over content that might be considered 'unsuitable' for a public audience? We will also consider the impact of newsreel film at the cinema, particularly to a nation at war in South Africa.

Working in Early Years - (Free online taster) View details

The taster course will focus on the Early Years Foundation stage curriculum and share strategies and activities that promote learning and development for the under 5's. it will explain the role of the Early Years practitioner and will explore recent initiatives in Early Years development. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions about the careers in childcare such as home based childminding, working in a preschool or nursery. The pathway for early years qualifications that the WEA offer will be shared with the group.

Introduction to Cake Decorating View details

You will be provided with successful recipes and instruction to bake at home for you to bring in for decorating in class. Learn about buttercream and sugarpaste.

Helping with Stress ABLE Stoke View details

On this course we will recognise the triggers relating to worry and anxiety. This will lead to considering how these mental states link to unnecessary levels of stress. Honest discussions and engaging activities will provide a range of strategies and techniques, which can be employed in real-life situations to help limit the impact of these emotional states. Our tutor will give you the opportunity to identify your own level of anxiety and emphasise the cognitive process which can help us meet challenges and circumstances which seem personally challenging.