Branch: FELSTED

Secretary: Kate Stuckey
Telephone: 01245 361608
Email: alan.stuckey@btinternet.com
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Branch News


New Courses: Spring Term 2018

10 Monday evenings from 8th January 2018.
"Muslims and Islam in the UK and the Modern World"
with: Muhammed Manwar Ali

19.45 pm at: URC Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted, CM6 3JD

£54

10 Thursday mornings from 11th January 2018.
"Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside"
with: Ted Woodgate

10.00am at: British Legion Hall; Felsted; CM

£71


Course Outlines:


Muslims and Islam in the UK and the Modern World

A simple and engaging course, it critically explores principles, practices, diversity and worldview of Muslims, while happily discussing controversial or sensitive issues, seeking pupils’ opinions relevant to the UK.

Course aim

A frank course, focused on participants’ engagement, it provides an introductory and exploratory look at Islam dealing with basic principles, practices, diversity, issues and worldview of Muslims in our context.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Suitable for anyone with an interest in Islam, Muslims, and religion in general with respect to Britain and the world

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the main principles of Islam and Muslim practices.
  • 2. Explain the basic Muslim worldview and relevance of God in a Muslim’s life.
  • 3. Demonstrate a grasp of Islam as an interpretation of its principles and values within cultures.
  • 4. Demonstrate an appreciation of Muslims’ fears, worries or concerns.
  • 5. Identify some of the contentious issues related to Islam and Muslims and suggest possible accommodations of them.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring a pen. You will receive the whole course notes at the outset plus three books

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside

How were Essex farmworkers, perceived as potential revolutionaries in 1830, transformed into enfranchised citizens within two generations? Using contemporary source materials we attempt to construct a local context.

Course aim

This course will chart the political transformation of Essex farmworkers in the 19th century against the background of national events. Using contemporary sources we will examine if political progress was matched by social and economic developments.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover the Swing riots in 1830, the protest movements and incendiarism of “the hungry forties”, High farming and mid century prosperity, the advent of the first national farmworkers union, the campaign for the franchise and participation in the first parish councils in 1894. All events will be presented against prevailing national economic and political developments.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Examine primary and secondary historical sources with a view to identifying events of local significance. 2. Analyse such sources in order to identify patterns which may be relevant to the outcomes of research. 3. Examine questions raised by apparent patterns or anomalies in source materials. 4. Discuss factual events within a local context and relate these to national developments.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Verbal feedback on progress will be indicated during group, whole class and individual discussion on set tasks based on interpretation of documents, photographs and statistical tables. It will also be indicated during informal individual discussions before and after sessions and during tea intervals.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Notebook, pen,pencil and smart phone if available.

Reading and information sources

This is a local topic so there is very little secondary material. As a preparation the best general guide is Gregg, Pauline A Social and Economic History of Britain 1760-1955 Harrap 1960

2017/18 Courses


Course Title: Great Glasshouses and Fantastic Follies
Course Description: Step into a great glass cathedral designed to conserve the wonderful exotics from across the globe; or be amazed by an underground shelled grotto or unusually shaped tower where the view is simply stunning!
Tutor: Andrew Sankey
Venue: Felsted United Reformed Church Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted, CM6 3JD
Day Of Week: Mon
Start Time: 19:45
Duration: 1.50 hrs
Date: 25/09/17
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £54.0
Contact: Kate Stuckey
Telephone: 01245 361608
Email: alan.stuckey@btinternet.com

Course Title: Revolution, Rebellion or Civil War
Course Description: The Civil War and revolution in mid seventeenth century Britain still divides us. We will seek to explain its causes, course and ending.
Tutor: Roger Cooke
Venue: British Legion Hall, Bury Chase, Felsted, CM6 3HA
Day Of Week: Thu
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 28/09/17
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £72.0
Contact: Kate Stuckey
Telephone: 01245 361608
Email: alan.stuckey@btinternet.com

Course Title: Islam and Muslims in the UK and the Modern World
Course Description: A frank course, focused on participants’ engagement, it provides an introductory and exploratory look at Islam dealing with basic principles, practices, diversity, issues and worldview of Muslims in our context.
Tutor: Muhammad Manwar Ali
Venue: Felsted United Reformed Church Hall, Stebbing Road, Felsted, CM6 3JD
Day Of Week: Mon
Start Time: 19:45
Duration: 1.50 hrs
Date: 08/01/18
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £54.0
Contact: Kate Stuckey
Telephone: 01245 361608
Email: alan.stuckey@btinternet.com

Course Title: Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside
Course Description: This course will chart the political transformation of Essex farmworkers in the 19th century against the background of national events. Using contemporary sources we will examine if political progress was matched by social and economic developments.
Tutor: Ted Woodgate
Venue: British Legion Hall, Bury Chase, Felsted, CM6 3HA
Day Of Week: Thu
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 11/01/18
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £72.0
Contact: Kate Stuckey
Telephone: 01245 361608
Email: alan.stuckey@btinternet.com