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We offer an exceptional range of history and culture courses, including; family history and genealogy, art and music appreciation, literature, architecture, religion and philosophy. Our tutors are experts both in their subjects and in drawing parallels with our lives today. Our history and culture classes are active, and you will have opportunities to get involved and develop your research skills. We also offer trips and day schools. (See also – languages and writing)

Democracy - What Does It Mean, and Is It a Good Idea? View details

'Undemocratic' is used to criticise decisions or how decisions have been made, but we don't often get beyond the criticism. This course is an opportunity to consider the different meanings of democracy - majority votes; meeting the needs and interests of the population; ensuring a positive outcome for the common good; holding those in power to account - and reasons which make democratic decisions legitimate or not. The course uses theories of democracy from Philosophy and Political Science and is not intended as a political platform. It will cover 1. the claims about legitimacy underlying judgments that a decision is 'undemocratic'; 2. the relationship between majority voting and legitimacy; 3.'stakeholder' democracy and interests; 4. meaningful and less meaningful participation; 5. genuine and 'manufactured' consensus; 6. the role of expertise in democracies.

Family History Workshop View details

You will be encouraged to work with others to deepen your understanding of genealogy, local and social history. Whatever your level, resources and methods will be offered to aid you on your journey. We will seek to understand the lives of our ancestors, to empathise with their struggles and to appreciate their role in helping to make you who you are today. We will mix learning with fun and reflection with building friends in both past and presence.

Music Appreciation: Music in Context View details

This course is intended to develop students' awareness of the various ways in which music can be analysed and understood through artistic, cultural and social contexts. Through focused listening to a range of music drawn from traditional classical concert repertoire through to new classical music and other genres, students will be encouraged to broaden their appreciation of such issues as style, aesthetics, progression and influence, form, musical history and geography. The music will consist of works by many of the well-known classical composers across eras, as well as important new names. Classes will be structured around active listening and critical discussion. Topics could include the Rhapsody, Bach's Brandenburg Concertos/Cantatas, Louis Spohr's Symphonies/Violin Concertos, Wiener Klassik, Lieder/art song, Persian/Arabic music, music and nationalism, contemporary classical music, Polystylism, Minimalism, Jazz and its subgenres, and World music.

Reading Short Stories: VS Pritchett & Elizabeth Taylor View details

Discover, or rediscover, two important twentieth century authors as we discuss a selection of their short stories. Elizabeth Taylor has been described as a subtle, compassionate and deep writer. Her writing has also been described as wicked and subversive. She makes an interesting contrast to the dark, often humorous, view V.S. Pritchett provided of British society. We will consider their backgrounds, how they fitted into the literary scene, and discuss whether, between them, they map the changes of moral values, customs, speech, and details of everyday life from the 1930's to the 1990's. This course is based on two collections: Elizabeth Taylor, Complete Short Stories, & Essential Stories by VS Pritchett.

Spirit of the North: Nordic Romantic Painting View details

In Northern Europe landscape painting has a powerful hold on our visual culture, especially in Scandinavia where far northerly folk have found a kinship with nature to be indispensable. This relationship is powerfully expressed in paintings of snow and sun, rock and forest, mountain and fjord and helped confirm their difference from Mediterranean culture and to shape national identity. This lecture is an introductory survey of Scandinavian art; a little known treasure trove of stunning images of the Northern landscape and the country people of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

The Aeneid View details

This course is an introduction to Virgil's Aeneid, his epic poem about the mythical Aeneas, the refugee from Troy who founds Rome. Written during the reign of the emperor Augustus, it has been translated many times and served subsequently as the basis for countless works of Western art. Each session will each week take the form of a survey of a part of the poem's content (its story, characters and themes etc.); and its context, the relationship of the work to the world around it, historical events, key ideas and other works of art. Students will have the option of reading, in sequence, two books of the poem's twelve books in preparation for each week's session. Special attention will be paid to the history of translations of the Aeneid out of Latin and into other languages, especially English. The course will put the poem in its Roman context but will also be concerned about how the poem has been understood in different times and places down to the present day.

The Archaeology of Lincs (and the Humber) III View details

The course will cover the Monasteries, churches and vernacular medieval buildings of the county and area, the medieval countryside, economy and DMVs, towns, markets, the coastal industries drainage and land reclamation from an archaeological and historical point-of-view.