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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.

Communication and Language in Everyday Life View details

This introduction to the social, psychological, and biological basis of human language will help students appreciate its complex and remarkable nature, and its place in the human communication system. We will use insights from psycholinguistics to look at speech production, and at words and their meaning, and from social psychology to examine some of the social and cultural processes which enable people to use language in everyday life. This understanding will enable students to examine three distinct aspects of human communication: language development in children; dialogue and conversation in adult life; and some common communication problems and remedies. Students will be encouraged to bring their own insights and experiences, and be supported in developing their own interests, by further study if necessary.

Day School: The Left in Britain - People, Ideas, Events View details

In this day-school we will consider how the modern left evolved in Britain into its current form. Beginning with the explosion of ‘new unionism’ in the 1880s and the formation of the Labour Party in the early twentieth century, the story of British socialism will be told through the lives of a number of key radical pioneers and a number of landmark moments such as the General Strike, the 1945 General Election and the rise of New Labour. A number of important questions will be considered. Why was socialism in Britain different in character from its counterparts on the European continent? What was the relationship between a moderate socialism which argued for a parliamentary route to power and those groups which stressed the need for revolution? What were the attitudes of the Left and the wider trade union movement towards key issues such as female suffrage and migration? How does this narrative reflect on the current position of the Labour Party in the uncertain post-Brexit world?

Growing a Living Willow Garden Structure View details

As a group we will work together to create a living willow garden structure that will continue to grow and evolve over several years. Willow’s capacity to root very easily, and it’s flexible quality, make it an ideal natural material to use creatively for making useful structures that can work with nature whilst still providing a function, such as a bird hide, shaded area, an archway, a living hedge or screen, or a kids play dome or tunnel. The course will be hands-on but throughout the course we will have a chance to discuss the value of willow in nature and society. We will cover the basics of the plant’s qualities and uses aswell as touching on the history of its uses in our society in the UK. Taking inspiration from cultural texts such as the book Wildwood by Roger Deakin.

Growing a Living Willow Garden Structure View details

As a group we will work together to create a living willow dome that will continue to grow and evolve over several years. Willow’s capacity to root very easily, and it’s flexible quality, make it an ideal natural material to use creatively for making useful structures that can work with nature whilst still providing a function, such as a shaded area, an archway, a living hedge or screen, or a kids play dome or tunnel. The course will be mostly practical.

Growing a Living Willow Garden Structure (with rustic farm lunch) View details

As a group we will work together to create several types of living willow garden structure that will continue to grow and evolve over several years. Willow’s capacity to root very easily, and it’s flexible quality, make it an ideal natural material to use creatively for making useful structures that can work with nature whilst still providing a function, such as a shaded area, an archway, a living hedge or screen, or a kids play dome or tunnel. The course will be hands-on but throughout the course we will have a chance to discuss the value of willow in nature and society. We will cover the basics of the plant’s qualities and uses aswell as touching on the history of its uses in our society in the UK. Taking inspiration from cultural texts such as the book Wildwood by Roger Deakin.

Introduction to Permaculture View details

A great way to find out more about permaculture this two day 'taster' will provide an opportunity to learn about the principles and ethics of permaculture, and how to apply these in a variety of settings. If you need a bit of inspiration on how to live a greener life this course is for you

Looking after the World View details

Course run for the users of Oakfield Day Centre looking at geographical make up of the world and how to look after it.