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Science courses include: an introduction physics, biology and chemistry, as well as astronomy and space.

Astronomy - Explore the Planets View details

Jupiter, Saturn and Venus will be visible in the evening sky over the duration of this course. We will discuss what space probes have taught us about these planets and others in our Solar System and consider the aims of future missions to some of these worlds. Space stories in the news will be examined as well as information on identifying the constellations. We will also examine some theories in cosmology.

Green Economics- How to Build a Sustainable Future View details

Ours is the first generation to properly understand the damage we have been doing to our planet, and probably the last generation with the chance to do something about it. Economics dominates our behaviour, but today’s economy is damaging nature’s life-giving systems – in this course we will look at how to turn this around. There are many positive things that can be done, including redesigning cities and whole economies so that they contribute to nature’s life-giving properties, rather than destroying them. By changing our emphasis away from an economy which needs to grow at any cost, to one that makes us thrive whether it grows or not, we will live more in harmony with our environment, of which we are an integral part. Finance and taxation can be redesigned so it becomes sound business practice to nurture ecosystems rather than damage them. We will look at ways to judge success by social, ecological and cultural, as well as financial measures.

Astronomy: The Universe in 3 Hours with Mark Eustace View details

If you ever looked up at the stars and asked yourself some of the big questions about the universe, where it came from and its eventual end, then this course will help you formulate these questions more precisely and then... on the main course which starts Friday 8th October, you'll start to get some answers. On the other hand, if you have ever thought about buying a telescope then this is a great place to start as you begin your introduction to different types of telescopes, how they work and which would be best for you. On the main course I'll even give you some advice to help you buy that first scope to make sure you get something suitable. Whatever your interest in the night sky, come along and enjoy a few hours exploring the final frontier!

Challenges to the Planet: Sea Level Rise View details

As the world's climate changes, global warming is causing the world's oceans to rise - but this isn't just because the ice is melting! There are lots of other factors which come into play which this course aims to delve into. As well as understanding the science and mechanics behind sea level rise, this course aims to introduce some of the impacts this will have for humans and the environment across the global ranging from a change in weather patterns, a significant change in marine life, and potentially the start of a new ice age! This course will also look at the very real risk of some low lying islands completely disappearing under the waves as the sea continues to rise, creating some of the world's first environmental refugees - to help illustrate this, the tutor will discuss his experiences of living on the islands of Tuvalu where the highest point above sea level is a very modest 4m.

Human Evolution View details

Who are our ancestors? Why did the Neanderthals go extinct? Are you sure this evolution thing isn’t a load of rubbish? This interactive course will discuss the evolution of humans, from apes to hominids to modern and future humans. Students will be introduced to tools and terminology from the field of evolutionary biology, providing a jumping-off point for future evolution and ecology courses.

Our and Other Solar Systems View details

Why are other planets in our Solar System different to our Earth since they all formed from the same material? How did the Solar System form? We will examine current theories and evidence of planets orbiting other stars. Since this course will be run via Zoom you will be encouraged to observe planets in the night sky.

Human Disease: From the Black Death to Modern Plagues View details

In addition to the usual patterns of disease and death mankind has been subject to sudden outbreaks of infectious diseases that have caused widespread misery, terror and premature mortality. In wealthy countries the relative importance of infectious disease has steeply declined over the last one hundred years and diseases associated with ageing and lifestyle have become more important. Until recently many have assumed that epidemics of infectious disease were a thing of the past. We will look at infectious microorganisms, underlying causes, the impact on individuals and on history and how we have struggled to limit the effects and spread of disease

Challenges to the Planet: Water Insecurity View details

Water water everywhere but not a drop to drink. Our planet is 70% water, but only a fraction of that is fresh water, and only a fraction of that is accessible for human consumption. With a rapid increase in global population and climate change making some water sources unsuitable the pressure on our limited water sources has never been as high as it is right now. From the building of dams on major rivers such as the Nile, and the impact that has on countries downstream, to the over exploitation of water resources such as the Aral Sea or Lake Chad, we will discuss some of the major threats to water security around the world, and discuss some of the the potential solutions to this crucial issue.

Human Disease: From the Black Death to Modern Plagues View details

In addition to the usual patterns of disease and death mankind has been subject to sudden outbreaks of infectious diseases that have caused widespread misery, terror and premature mortality. In wealthy countries the relative importance of infectious disease has steeply declined over the last one hundred years and diseases associated with ageing and lifestyle have become more important. Until recently many have assumed that epidemics of infectious disease were a thing of the past. We will look at infectious microorganisms, underlying causes, the impact on individuals and on history and how we have struggled to limit the effects and spread of disease. This course will examine the underlying causes, the effects on individuals and on societies of some of the most infamous epidemics in history. We will look at the ways in which diseases are transmitted and how people have tried to mitigate and limit their spread. historical and today's epidemics and how they were fought then and now.

Introduction to Astronomy with Mark Eustace View details

If you ever looked up at the stars and asked yourself some of the big questions about the universe, where it came from and its eventual end then this course will teach you about objects in our solar system, the Milky Way and beyond to make some sense of it all! On the other hand, if you have ever thought about buying a telescope then this is a great place to start as you begin your introduction to different types of telescopes, how they work and which would be best for you. I'll even give you some advice to help you buy that first scope to make sure you get something suitable. Whatever your interest in the night sky, come along and enjoy exploring the final frontier!