Branch: COLCHESTER

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2020/21 Courses


Course Title: Every Picture Tells a Story
Course Number: C2228205
Course Description: Paintings can be full of information in the form of signs, symbols and allegories; they tell us not only about the painter and their inspiration, but also about the age in which they were created. The 19th century was a time of heated debate about the role art should occupy and many artists themselves were questioning ideas about society, institutions, human relationships and changes fostered by The Enlightenment and the industrial and agrarian changes of the 18th and 19th centuries. There was also a move towards subjects that appealed to the affluent – often newly-affluent – middle-class market, who did not have centuries of family tradition and land ownership behind them, unlike the traditional aristocracy. Many people felt that art should have an educational function and a high moral tone, to elevate the viewer’s mind, with a message to make the viewer think. John Ruskin, a key figure in the 19th century art world, believed in the power of art to transform people’s lives.
Tutor: Margaret Mills
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £64.00
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Course Title: Life and Works of Walt Disney
Course Number: C2228206
Course Description: Ask around and the films that Walt Disney produced in the 1930s, 40s and 50s and you might just find that for a lot of people their earliest filmgoing experiences were marked by Disney films. Film-writer and WEA tutor James Clarke takes you through key aspects of Disney's career as major filmmaker and as head of a major film studio that has been so vital to popular cinema. Disney was a storyteller and a filmmaking pioneer. Our course will take in films such as Pinocchio and Snow White and will also look at some of his lesser known achievements; for example, his collaborative work with Salvador Dali. The course will also look at Disney's other contributions to popular culture that continue to echo in the twenty first century. Each session will be supported by film excerpts and reading to explore via the WEA's Canvas system.
Tutor: James Clarke
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 21/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £64.00
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Course Title: Norse Mythology
Course Number: C2228207
Course Description: This course follows the written accounts of Norse mythology in two books: the anonymous Poetic Edda (also known as the Elder Edda), and Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda. We will read authoritative English translations of the Old Norse, supported by scholarly articles, images, and recordings of musical settings of the myths. We will compare and contrast the different types of evidence available for understanding the Norse Myths; discuss the historical context of the writing of the Eddas; explore the practical wisdom and mythical symbolism contained in these stories. The tales include a violent creation myth; a complex cosmology grounded by Yggdrasill, the world tree; Odin’s numerous quests for knowledge; Thor’s unnerving encounters with giants; Loki’s outrageous insults and trickery; Idun’s immortal fruit; Freyja’s chariot of cats; Sigurd, slayer of the dragon Fafnir; the vengeance of the enslaved giantesses Fenja and Menja; the looming apocalypse of Ragnarök, and the subsequent rebirth.
Tutor: Benjamin Pestell
Venue: online
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 22/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £64.00
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Course Title: The Soul of Russian Music
Course Number: C2228215
Course Description: It’s Marina Burrell’s fourth course in the popular series on "Russian Life & Culture". This time the university lecturer with a 15 years’ experience takes you on a journey with celebrated Russian composers who faced a challenge of linking the European music language with the Russian national tradition. The native Russian tutor will help you engage with Russia & the Russian soul through great music masterpieces. You will learn how Tchaikovsky struggled with fate, how Rachmaninov’s ‘four weeping notes’ revealed Russianness; how Glinka and the Mighty Five transformed the perception of Russian music in the world. The course is based on presentations and supplemented by video & audio, interactive tasks, discussions & a Reading list. Marina’s ex-students say: “I more than achieved my expectations. This was a fascinating, enriching course which opened my eyes.” “The course is excellent in every way - thought-provoking and informative, superb delivery.”
Tutor: Marina Burrell
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 24/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £64.00
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Course Title: Economics - have we learnt anything from history?
Course Number: C2228208
Course Description: This course takes a tour through Economic History and looks at some of the the major economic events of the last century and the ways in which economists have explained and interpreted them. What is the economic theory behind the Russian Revolution and why did economic planning fail against the capitalist economies of the west? What caused the great depression and what impact did it have on the economy, people and future economic policy? What economic changes were needed to meet the requirements of the second world war and how did the aftermath of war affect the global economy? What is globalisation and how has it affected our own economy? Which economists have been the most significant over the last century and how well have their theories endured?
Tutor: Andrew Beharrall
Venue: Online
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 14:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/10/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £64.00
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