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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.

Wetland to Industry... and back again View details

This part of the River Lea has seen many changes over the 10000 years of its human occupation and exploitation. On this gentle circular stroll we will discuss the exploitation of the landscape from Neolithic hunter-gatherers through Roman, Saxon and Medieval times and the industrial revolution to the present day. We will have opportunities to consider the richness of the area's flora and fauna as well as reflecting on current usage and recent attempts to have a less destructive impact upon the environment.

Psychology: Freud v Jung - Whose side are you on? With Kevin Walker View details

Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung are arguably two of the most influential figures in modern Psychology. Their ideas are still highly controversial and are regarded by many as highly unscientific. Although originally very close, the story of their alienation from each others ideas exposes widely different ways of thinking about human nature. The person and ideas you feel most drawn to may well say more about you than them. On the basis of a personality test your tutor will try to predict which one you will prefer.

Going Beyond Political Ideologies with Kevin Walker View details

Are you disillusioned with politics and most politicians in the UK? Are you unsure of the differences between the major political parties? This taster session will outline the three dominant political ideologies; Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism and ask what could replace them. You will be invited to take part in an online test, which locates your views politically. We will discuss the value of the test and its results in the session. This will give you an insight into the 'Beyond Ideologies' course starting on Thursday 9th September at 11am.

Taster - Wildlife Gardening View details

British wildlife is under considerable threat but you can help conserve nature in your local area. It does not matter if you have a tiny garden in the city or large country estate in the country you can help wildlife and improve the environment. The course will investigate simple ways to attract and protect wildlife to your garden or local green space. This can be as simple to not mowing your lawn for a few weeks or creating a beetle bucket or bee hotel. The course will also inspire you to get involved projects in your garden or with local community projects. It will also include suggestions on how to carry out a local wildlife survey.

Astronomy - The New Space Age View details

Over the period of the ten interactive sessions this course will provide an overview on: • Evolution of the space age from the beginnings with Sputnik to today • Outline the rich sources of services from space that shape society on Earth • The emergence of the private space sector in countries around the world • Space activities in India, China and Africa • Explore the concern of congestion in space from the growing number of spacecraft and the hazards of space debris. • The potential for the militarisation of space. • Humans living and working in Earth orbit. Returning to the Moon and beyond to Mars.

Beyond Ideologies - Part 1 with Kevin Walker View details

This course looks at some of the key ideas and beliefs that have influenced politics in the UK and asks how these could be changed to respond to the future. We will try to see if it’s possible to get beyond conflicting interests and strongly held beliefs to create a world we can inhabit together without mutual annihilation. The six sessions will focus on the key assumptions and values associated with Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Fascism, Environmentalism and Feminism. Each session includes a brief presentation of these ideas and a lively discussion of them. This is supported by background materials on Canvas and the opportunity to continue research and discussions between sessions.

Explorers of the Cosmos View details

Our modern understanding of the universe is the end product of centuries of scientific discoveries by many individuals around the world. Whilst most have been forgotten, some stand out like shining stars. What was their profound scientific contribution? Why were they able to make breakthrough? Over ten weeks the course will look at the life and work of the life and work of the following individuals Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)  Isaac Newton (1643–1727) Henrietta Swann Leavitt (1868–1921) Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Edwin Hubble (1899–1953) Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) Vera Rubin (1928-2016) Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)  Jocelyn Bell (1943 – )

Questions Economists Answer with Jonathan Warner View details

Economists seem to like making the subject mysterious. The purpose of this course is to try to demystify economics. The course is built around discussion of ten major principles of the subject, with the goal of building understanding of the way economies work - and why it matters. How does a free market economy work? Why do almost all economists think that allowing free trade between countries is a good thing? Why do most economists oppose rent controls? Why are they concerned about things like economic growth, inflation, unemployment and interest rates anyway? Each of the principles will be illustrated with examples or case studies of recent events, news stories and the like; students will be encouraged to think about topics that are of interest to them, and use the tools taught to analyse those topics.

Psychology: Love, Secrets, Dreams and more... View details

Love, Secrets and Dreams is short psychology course for exploring these three intriguing aspects of our mental lives, but also for discovering more about ourselves in everyday life too. Each will be considered separately, as they are interesting in their own right, but also how they link together to affect our emotions, how we think and behave and our sense of identity as individuals and social beings. Love - from early years affects our relationships, sense of self, security, trust and self-esteem and socially what is done in its name; Secrets - are vital to how we positively manage who we are and our past selves, but can be sources of guilt or anxiety and Dreams are symbolic, subconscious activities that maintain our well-being as we sleep, and as day-time fantasies for imagination, creative thinking and our future selves. Join us for a course of lively discussion that offers insights into human psychology and questions about yourselves not answered by the poets or novelists!

Introduction to Criminology View details

This Introduction to Criminology is open to beginners and designed as an introduction to the study of criminology and providing you with an effective experience in the field of criminological study. It will cover the initial stages of learning the disciplines of Criminology and its concepts, theories and perspectives. You will explore a variety of topics; in particular, to question things that might be taken for granted in relation to crime, the law, criminal justice, and what dangers people in society find most threatening. You'll explore the different understandings and ways of thinking about crime. This topic is relevant to a wide range of jobs in the public, voluntary and community sectors. For example, social welfare services, criminal justice services, community support services among others. The key skills you will develop are relevant to any job context.