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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.

A World Beyond Brexit View details

Whilst Britain is totally obsessed by Brexit, the rest of the world has not stopped still. This course looks at some of the most important issues facing the world, from climate change to rising tensions between China and America and problems in parts of Africa, Middle East and the Americas. And if Brexit is still a burning issue this autumn, maybe even that as well. Plenty of time for discussion.

Adventures in Autumn Astronomy View details

An introduction to Astronomy, this course will 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

Astronomy: The Modern Universe View details

We will look at the evolution of stars and the theories of the history and possible future of the universe. We will also examine the information coming back from space probes studying the planets.

Autism awarness for volunteers View details

This course will introduce the learner to what it means to be on the Autistic Spectrum, the differences, strengths and difficulties. The aim is that you will gain a better understanding of the experience of people with an Autistic spectrum diagnosis and learn strategies to enable closer working and better communication.

Beyond Ideologies View details

This course looks at some of the key ideas and beliefs that have influenced politics in the UK and asks what ideas will shape the future. It also aims to help us understand the difficulties that the main UK political parties have in relation to Brexit. We will ask if it’s possible to get beyond the conflicting stories and strongly held beliefs to find a world we can inhabit together without mutual annihilation? This course involves 6 face to face sessions focusing on the key ideas and values associated with Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Fascism, Environmentalism and others. Each session will include a presentation of these key ideas and a lively discussion of them. These will be supported by extensive background materials using Canvas (the WEA online classroom) and include the opportunity to continue our discussions between sessions.

Big Questions in Geology View details

The Earth, its origin, development, and its continued existence raises many questions which geology seeks to answer. In this course, the role of geology in climatology, extinctions, plate tectonics and Earth formation (amongst others) will be considered as well as the history of the subject. Students are encouraged to bring their own questions along as well! An all-round, accessible, scientific course covering geological topics relevant for a modern, informed, scientific perspective.

Birdwatching: Understanding birds in the local environment View details

A course of practical birdwatching trips in different locations. Learn to identify a range of species across key habitats, understanding how birds are adapted to the demands of their environment.

Body Parts - How to look after them View details

We will look at internal structures of the skeleton and digestive system as well as external structures. including the skin, teeth and eyes. You will have an opportunity to make and label models, learn some new scientific terms, and discuss the importance of healthy lifestyles and regular check ups to support good structure and function of these body parts. We will look at the effect of advertising on making decisions about our health. we will also use numerical skills to compare costs of maintaining the health of these 5 body parts.

Burning Issues View details

Our friendly discussion group seeks greater understanding of the seemingly increasingly volatile politics of today, in the UK, the EU and internationally. We examine: 1. ongoing issues (eg, Middle East, Islamism/Jihadism, public finance (taxing and spending); 2. diary events (eg, the budget/spending reviews, sundry Brexit deadlines, etc; 3. unpredictable bombshells. We seek to pose the right questions, then responding as fully and clearly as we can, no holds barred - all in good humour. We welcome new members to join us and add new insights.

Burning Issues View details

Our friendly discussion group seeks greater understanding of the seemingly increasingly volatile politics of today, in the UK, the EU and internationally. We examine: 1. ongoing issues (eg, Middle East, Islamism/Jihadism, public finance (taxing and spending); 2. diary events (eg, the budget/spending reviews, sundry Brexit deadlines, etc; 3. unpredictable bombshells. We seek to pose the right questions, then responding as fully and clearly as we can, no holds barred - all in good humour. We welcome new members to join us and add new insights.