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Drama Before Shakespeare: The Weird & Wonderful World of Medieval Plays View details

This course offers an introduction to the vibrant drama of the medieval period and early-sixteenth century. Using surviving documents, contemporary works of art and videos of modern productions, the course explores the origins of dramatic performance in the medieval church before exploring the captivating Mystery Cycle of York. It then focuses on the plays of medieval East Anglia which was very different but just as fascinating but just as fascinating and spectacular. Beware- on the way we will encounter many Stage Devils. You have been warned!

Films & Fairytales with James Clarke View details

This course explores a number of films that adapt and work with the genre of the fairy tale. We will look at films that adapt specific fairy tale texts and we will also look at films that drawing on the fairytale tradition to tell new stories. Our film selections will include sessions about The Red Shoes, Pan's Labyrinth and The Company of Wolves. Each session will comprise two parts: a presentation by the tutor and also an extended opportunity for class discussion and conversation. Each session will be augmented by resources that can be read and viewed before a session.

Divided Union View details

It was a time of war, of the end to depression and of high economic growth, consumerism and general prosperity. But it was also a time of confrontation abroad with the Cold War and at home with the rise of the Civil Rights movement. It is a history of post-war America whose legacy still shapes the world we live in today. Presidents good and bad, a struggle for freedom and equality and a period that witnessed the rise of suburbs and a growing prosperous middle class.It spans the years of American domination of the free world and the world economy and ends with the worst political scandal in American history. This is the USA 1939 - 75 a divided union.

American Women and the Short Story post-1945 View details

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to four key American women engaged in short story writing in the immediate aftermath of 1945. Students can expect to gain a brief overview of the lives and works of Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, and Joyce Carol Oates, and understand how their contribution to literature helped to shape the cultural output of the latter half of the twentieth-century. These sessions focus on key short stories by Carson McCullers ('A Tree A Rock A Cloud'), Flannery O'Connor ('A Good Man Is Hard To Find'), Shirley Jackson ('The Lottery'), and Joyce Carol Oates ('Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?').

American Women and the Short Story post-1945 Part 2 View details

This course aims to provide students with an introduction to four key American women engaged in short story writing in the immediate aftermath of 1945. Students can expect to gain a brief overview of the lives and works of Eudora Welty, Ann Petry, Margaret St. Clair, and Tillie Olsen, and understand how their contribution to literature helped to shape the cultural output of the latter half of the twentieth-century. These sessions focus on key short stories by Eudora Welty ('A Worn Path'), Ann Petry ('Like A Winding Sheet'), Margaret St. Clair ('The Perfectionist'), and Tillie Olsen ('I Stand Here Ironing').

Easy Steps to IT View details

This course is for students who have little or no digital skills and we will provide opportunities to start to build their confidence in using digital skills. The course covers keyboard and mouse skills, they will use Microsoft Word to perform basic word processing skills. Internet safely will be briefly outlined.

Painters Pushing the Boundaries in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries View details

How the conservative art establishment dominated art in France in the early 19th century by favouring traditional styles and approaches to painting and how certain artists began to challenge this dominance by exploring new styles like Realism and Impressionism. We'll also look at the Pre-Raphaelites in England, who rebelled against the demands of academic art, particularly the reverence accorded to the Renaissance master, Raphael, who was held up as the exemplar for all to follow in many countries of Europe. The stand taken by these revolutionary artists allowed more experimentation towards the end of the century, with Cezanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Braque and Picasso really pushing the boundaries of visual art.

Tunisian Crochet First Steps View details

This course will teach students how to get started with Tunisian Crochet, learning about the techniques and covering a range of the initial stitches including Knit Stitch, Purl Stitch and Simple Stitch. Students will then use these stitches to begin to create some pattern techniques.

Fabrics from Around the World View details

Students on this course will learn about fabrics from different cultures, how they have traditionally been made, what they were used for and how to work with them today. Students will be able to explore fabrics from Indonesia, Persia, Scotland, Mexico and the Far East to name a few

Social Media Marketing for Beginners View details

An introduction to Social Media Marketing covering Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. We will look at defining your target market, creating content they will enjoy, scheduling posts, creating graphics and easy ways to plan future posts.