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Politics, geography, geology, psychology and sociology are all part of our offer alongside science, nature and ecology. Come along and find out more about a subject that may be new to you and take the opportunity to see how you can apply your learning in your local community. Many of our natural and social science courses offer opportunities to get involved in practical activities too.

(More) Psychology for Beginners View details

In this beginners' course, we will discuss a range of key ideas from recent psychology that can help us to make sense of what it is to be a person - including the way we think, feel and behave and how we can challenge 'folk' psychology (or what your granny told you) and other commonly held 'explanations’ - that often contradict our experiences and understanding of ourselves and others. A well as adding and developing ideas from psychology to your existing understandings, we will explore how wider social issues impact on who and what we are (and our well-being) both individually and collectively and we will consider those particular topics (some of your choosing) that could help you to deal with some everyday challenges that face us today. Understanding the basic processes of psychology, offers ways to become more confident about yourself, how to better manage change and much much, more - so join us for an informal and interesting course that could change your life!

A Path to Nature - Online with Paul Keller View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. This course is about exploring nature. It is to help us observe and open our eyes to what is all around us, learn something new, share with others and reflect on what we have learnt using the positives from this in our everyday life. We look at videos, photos, presentations, quizzes and discussions online while also looking at your own garden or nearby park to compare.

A Peek at the Peak View details

Join us for a virtual exploration of Britain's First National Park. This talk offers a sideways look at the contrasts of the Dark and White Peak. We will re visit some of the well known places but also explore some of the lesser-known facts and rather special little corners of this place which was has attracted visitors for centuries.

A Woodland History of Britain View details

Students on this course will gain an introduction to the history of Britain from Neolithic times to the present day through our woodlands. How have woodlands been important to our ancestors and what were they using them for? Your online investigation will include; initial clearance of woodland, timbers importance through the ages, Royal Forests, peasants and their interactions with woodland, building the Tudor navy, woodland crafts and their importance, woodlands today and recreation among many topics. The course is aimed at students with little or intermediate knowledge of both history and woodlands. After studying on this course a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

Adventures in Autumn Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, to cover the basics of what is visible in the Autumn night sky with the naked eye: the constellations, the moon and the planets, with a little more in-depth study of some topics.

An Introduction to Psychology View details

This course is a broad introduction to the field of psychology, where you will explore the key features of the human mind and behaviour through a diverse theoretical perspective; examining findings that have shaped some of the major areas of contemporary psychology. Delivered through the five pillars of: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality psychology as well as mental and physical Health. Covering subject areas such as: consciousness, sensation and perception, thinking and Intelligence learning, personality, emotion and Motivation along with psychological disorders.

Astronomy View details

In this introductory course, we'll begin by looking at the major constellations in the night sky. We'll talk about the Moon and its origins, and then try to work out what we can see with the naked eye. We'll also show you how to find the major planets such as Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. We'll show you how to spot various man-made phenomena including the International Space Station. Finally, because Christmas will be upon us sooner than we think, we'll also show you how to choose a good telescope and then how to use it.

Astronomy: Under Autumn Skies View details

Autumn 2020 will be an excellent time to view the planets. Venus will be found in the morning sky while Mars, Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evenings. In fact, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth this year in October. We will learn to recognise the stars and planets of the Autumn as well as information gleaned from space probes about them. Latest space and astronomy stories will be discussed. Learners will be given the opportunity to undertake some research on a topic chosen by them and, if they desire, to present the information to the class.

Channel Coastlands:Beaches,Bungalows,Promenades,Pebbles & People - Horley Branch View details

The English Channel coast is iconic;spectacular physical landscapes and world famous resorts. We look at aspects of this coast both human and ecological. From the national defences at Portsmouth Harbour to the piers at the resorts the hand of man is apparent, but these activities take place along a coast of chalk at Seven Sisters and sandstone at Hastings;mudflats at Chichester Harbour and sand dunes at Camber; shingle at Dungeness and mudfalts at Hayling Island. We will study a variety of these aspects to better understand why this landscape looks as it does today but also how it has changed over time.

Conservation in Britain - Online with Dr Hadrian Cook View details

This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. The session will outline the kinds of conservation undertaken in Britain, why it is important and how it is achieved. The scope covers a range of subjects from legal measures to action by volunteers, by agencies and the kinds of activities undertaken in practice to conserve our historic monuments, our waterways and the countryside. A basic understanding of conservation policy and practice is essential in order to understand how the need for conservation arose, the values that are involved in driving individuals and organisations that conserve historic and ecologically diverse Britain.