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2020/21 Courses


Course Title: Russian Folk Tales
Course Number: C2228426
Course Description: We shall explore the fascinating world of Russian folk tales. We shall read a variety of folk tales and legends (in English translation), consider the context to the tales, look at the history of recording folk tales in Russia, study approaches to analysing folk tales, and finally get acquainted with modern Russian stories that use folk motifs.
Tutor: Anat Vernitski
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: BRITTEN – FINDING OUR VOICE
Course Number: C2228399
Course Description: British composers who did not embrace the folksy nationalism had a unique voice which we hear more clearly in the 21st century. With Britten redefining 'English' music after WW2, we also consider his companions: Howells, Berkeley and Tippett, the re-shaping of musical form and the creation of a new audience.
Tutor: Bill Tamblyn
Venue: Castle Methodist Church
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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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: Gardening Appreciation
Course Number: C2228397
Course Description: A beginners guide to 'Garden Appreciation'. A practical and interactive course delivered through a variety of sessions exploring sowing, planting and a bit of pruning! Discussions on the Autumn/Winter Gardens we have / want to achieve, quizzes and practical exploration of flowers and plants. Skill sharing, and the chance to learn from one another. Although heavily practical, the course will also have basic theoretical aspects about gardening, and may even explore some winter ideas you may not have thought of! A chance to get stuck in with others, and take some time out for yourself and garden. Ideas on adding inspiring plants to your garden to help brighten your day. Start developing gardening ]skills with the WEA – from learning how to plant seeds into pots, to getting creative with your planting ideas making being in the garden an enjoyable experience!
Tutor: Stephanie Peddel
Venue: Castle Methodist Church
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 21/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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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: ROMANTIC POETS OF REVOLUTION
Course Number: C2228398
Course Description: Introduction to the study of poetry. Initial exploration of the social background and Romantic theories of poetry, supported by reading and discussion of a few examples of poetry written in the period before 1798. Detailed exploration of: some of Blake’s shorter lyrics; a number of Wordsworth's shorter Lyrical Ballads and extracts from his Preface, 'Tintern Abbey', 'Ode on Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood', sonnets, 'The Prelude'; Coleridge's ideas about the Imagination, extracts from 'The Ancient Mariner' and 'Kubla Khan'; Keats - extracts from letters, extracts from 'The Eve of St. Agnes', sonnets, short lyrics, Odes including 'To a Nightingale', 'On on a Grecian Urn', 'To Autumn'; Shelley - extracts from political pamphlets such as 'A Defence of Poetry' and 'Queen Mab' notes; 'The Mask of Anarchy', Sonnets, 'Ode to a Skylark, 'Ode to the West Wind'; Byron - a few short lyrics, Preface to 'Don Juan' and extracts therefrom.
Tutor: Ronald Marks
Venue: Castle Methodist Church
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 22/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: Revolutionary Britannia
Course Number: C2228400
Course Description: The French Revolution is one of the great turning points of modern history and an event which caused great debate across Europe. This course aims to look at the political, cultural impact of the revolution on Britain. After studying the political structure of the nation, this course will investigate the parliamentary response to the revolution. It will then investigate three British responses to the French revolution: the radicals who supported the revolution, the Loyalists who sought to defend the monarchy, and the women's perspectives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. This course will also evaluate how Britain defended itself from revolutionary and Napoleonic France before finally examining the impact of reform and reaction in post-war Britain.
Tutor: Simon Doney
Venue: Castle Methodist Church
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 24/09/21
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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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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Course Title: An introduction to antiques, vintage items and collectables
Course Number: C2228401
Course Description: Professional antiques dealer, Stephen Poulter, reveals how the world of antiques, vintage items and collectables really works and shows how easy it is for anyone to start buying, selling or collecting in these areas. We will explore the different categories and periods of antique and vintage items which can be purchased from or sold at auctions, antiques markets, car boot sales and online. Students will acquire techniques for researching and identifying a whole range of antiques, vintage items and collectables.
Tutor: Stephen Jeffery-Poul
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: British Poetry 1900 - 1970
Course Number: C2228425
Course Description: From modernist experiment to post-modern playfulness, from Georgian convention to free-verse confession, and from Edwardian poetry of empire to post-imperial multiculturalism, the course will explore the extraordinary diversity of British poetry in the 20th century. The variety of modes in which 20th century poets found their individual voices reflects the rapid process of change in technology, ideas and the nature of British society itself. The course will consider some of the key movements that influenced the development of poetry as well as focusing on the work of major poetic figures.
Tutor: David Read
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 18/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: How to read Medieval Documents for Beginners
Course Number: C2228402
Course Description: This course a gentle introduction to reading documents in Latin from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, particularly those useful to local and family historians. In this course you will be introduced to a variety of documents as well as tips for reading them. No knowledge of medieval Latin is required as the necessary vocabulary and techniques for reading medieval handwriting are an essential part of the course.
Tutor: Kate Jewell
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: English Monarchy 15th to 20th Century
Course Number: C2228403
Course Description: Over the last 500 years or so the English (later British) monarchy has changed much. This course outlines those changes and explores the factors behind the emergence of the world's first and arguably most successful constitutional monarchy
Tutor: Roger Cooke
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 19/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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Course Title: Friendly Invasion
Course Number: C2228424
Course Description: In December 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and America was drawn into World War Two, declaring war on the Axis Powers. By February 1942, the first handful of US airmen arrived in Britain, the beginning of “The Friendly Invasion”. This course explores the build up of American personnel in East Anglia and studies the development of US air-power in the region. It examines the social and cultural impact of some400,000 young men on mainly rural communities: race relations; crime; social attitudes; GI Brides etc. It will encompass the establishment of airfields dwarfing nearby villages; the aircraft and weaponry; how the vast aerial armadas were assembled plus strategy and tactics. The big picture will be interspersed with personal accounts and stories illustrating the heroism, drama and tragedies affecting families and lives both here and in America.
Tutor: Ian McLachlan
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 20/01/22
No. of Weeks: 7
Fee: £55.30
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Course Title: Nobel Prize Winning Writers
Course Number: C2228404
Course Description: his course introduces students to a range of Nobel Prize winning writers and their respective novels, with the aim of considering different nationalities of literature as well as the social and political climates in which these novels were written. We will consider Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun's 'Pan', American writer Sinclair Lewis's 'It Can't Happen Here', Japanese writer Kenzaburo Oe's 'The Silent Cry', German writer Heinrich Boll's 'The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum', and Portuguese writer Jose Saramago's 'Blindness'. These novels have been chosen to represent a range of cultures as well as a broad spectrum of literature published over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries for which the Nobel Prize in literature has been awarded.
Tutor: Abbie Saunders
Venue: Castle Methodist Church Maidenburgh Street Colchester
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 21/01/22
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £79.00
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