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An Introduction to Moral Philosophy View details

We will look at moral concepts like justice, fairness, virtue, rights and duties. We will also think about where our moral sensibilities come from: are they natural, are we born with a conscience, or do they need to be taught? If they need to be taught, who should teach them? Should morality be part of the national curriculum, or is it something best entrusted to parents and relatives? Is there such a thing as evil? Or is this simply a metaphysical relic from a former religious age?

An Introduction to Sewing Skills View details

This course is for beginners who have not used a sewing machine before, or not used one for a long time and would like to refresh their sewing skills. Students will learn how to set up and use a sewing machine with confidence then learn basic core skills which will prepare them for a future workshop to make simple first time projects. This course will develop a high social aspect and you will gain confidence working in a group setting.

An Introduction to the Earth View details

An introductory elemental look at the earth, discussing and being inspired by it's natural and simple weather systems.

An Introduction to the History and Heritage of Bradford View details

This course will use a mixture of talks and guided walks to explore the development of Bradford. Subjects include: • Bradford in Prehistoric and Roman times: prehistoric trackways, Roman roads, prehistoric monuments, Roman settlement in the locality • Anglo-Saxon and Domesday Bradford – place name evidence, Elmet and Craven, effects of Norman Conquest • Medieval Bradford – place name evidence, documentary sources, field systems, modern map evidence • Tudors and Stuarts – effects of the dissolution of the Monasteries, development of gentry classes, Tudor/Jacobean housing boom, Civil War Bradford • Church and chapel; rise of non-conformity, Waterloo Churches, role of churches in social life • Transport networks- pack horse routes, turnpikes, railways • Victorian and early 20th century Bradford – agriculture and industry, leisure, commuting The two walks will look at Little Germany and Little Horton Green.

An introduction to the Plays of Ben Jonson View details

Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637) was a funny, confrontational and important playwright. He was a contemporary of Shakepseare and wrote many great classical plays. We will study three of his key plays and discuss how they work theatrically on stage. There will be class discussions, reading aloud and workshopping of key scenes. All welcome with an enthusiasm for theatre.

An Introduction to the Rise of the Atlantic Slave Trade View details

The Atlantic slave trade was different from all other forms of slavery. To explain why the course examines slavery in the ancient world and unfree labour in Africa. It will look at how the “triangular” trade developed and how society and racism developed in the Americas and how Britain and Holland came to be dominant in the trade, replacing Spain and Portugal. It will look at records left by former slaves including Olaudah Equiano, slavers and campaigners against the trade. Each week's discussion will include visual presentations.

An Introduction to the Sultanate of Oman View details

Oman is a rapidly progressing country at the southern end of the Arabian peninsula which is still not widely known. The combination of cherished traditions and modern development provides a fascinating basis for study. We take a broad overview of the physical characteristics of the country and its region then focus on pre-modern Oman - the period up to 1970. Sultan Qaboos' considerable achievements in modernising his nation are then reviewed. Oman was a great colonial power in earlier times and its links with East Africa (especially Zanzibar) are fascinating. We encounter Oman’s indigenous people, the Bedu, as well as the older customs and practices that survive. We look at the development of crafts and family life in Oman; finally, at the country as a destination for tourists and expatriates.

An Introduction to Watercolours View details

Facilitated by local artist Caris Jackson through a series of practical demonstrations and varied activities. Come and brush up on your art skills by learning the techniques and the joy of using watercolours. Focusing on creating textures, applying the paint, mark making and the importance of your brushes and paper choices. All in a supportive and friendly environment.

An Introduction to World Literature View details

Want to discover some of the modern classics of world literature? We will read texts from Japan, China, the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere and look at how we might contextualise and explore the themes of works from outside the established Western literary canon. No books are required and all texts will be read in English.

Ancient Egypt: From the Black Pharoahs to Alexander View details

Discover one of the hidden histories of Egypt after the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. This course will explore the fascinating Late Period of ancient Egypt, a time which juxtaposes strength, renaissance, trade, cultural fusion and autonomy with occupation, conflict and division. The rule of Nubian Pharaoh Taharqa is followed by brief Assyrian involvement leading to Twenty-Sixth dynasty Egypt which, with high quality art and monumental tombs, should be considered one of the gems of Pharaonic history. This apogee of the Late Period is replaced by the first of two Persian occupations, the second of which is brought to an end by the shattering conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC.