Branch: COLCHESTER

Contact: Jos Claessen
Telephone: 01206 502698
Email: weacolchester@gmail.com
Website: N/A

You are encouraged to book online if you can by searching for the Course ID on the National WEA website. Alternatively call the Support Team on 0300 303 3464, quoting the Course ID. If you prefer to speak directly to the branch contact please ring the Eastern Region office on 01223 417320 or email eastern@wea.org.uk and you will be put in touch.


2019/20 Courses


Course Title: How to live in a medieval village
Course Number: C2226625
Course Description: This course explores the everyday life of ordinary people living in medieval East Anglia's rural communities. Starting with the importance of religion and the church, we will discuss the important moments of their lives- birth, childhood, marriage, death and funerals- and their work routines, agricultural and industrial. We will also consider the rise of the East Anglian economy in the late medieval period and how this impacted upon the wealth of ordinary people, thinking about how they spent their money, their treasured possessions and their opportunities for travel.
Tutor: Jewell, Katharine
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: To Blow the Winter Blues Away
Course Number: C2226622
Course Description: We will consider the modern performances by those to seek to recapture the variety of music and dance from the tavern, the open air, the back gallery of the chapel, the concert hall. and also the tradition as it emerges abroad in Europe, the caribbean and America.
Tutor: Tamblyn, Bill
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Contemporary Dystopian Narratives
Course Number: C2226623
Course Description: This course examines dystopian novels from the UK, USA, Mexico, and the Ukraine in order to establish a definition of what we mean by 'Dystopia', and explore its different representations through the framework of a range of genres including apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, magic realism, and surrealism.
Tutor: Saunders, Abbie
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Monday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 13/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Stage to Screen
Course Number: C2226703
Course Description: On the surface it seems that the adaptation of stage plays should be easier than that of novels. Both are dramatic media and the running time of a stage play and a film are roughly the same. But there are other factors that make the task of adapting plays a difficult one. This course will explore the differences between the two media in terms of point of view, dramatic space, visual expression and the relation between performer and spectator, and the way these factors impact on the process of adaptation.
Tutor: Read, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Hot Stuff - airmen and women pioneers of early jet aviation
Course Number: C2226626
Course Description: In Hot Stuff, author and aviation historian, Ian McLachlan explores jet aviation from the early days of sub-sonic flight to breaking through the sound barrier. He also examines attitudes as women sought to break barriers in a male-dominated environment and the progress achieved to date. The course investigates claims made by nations seeking to own the distinction of inventing the jet engine and the tragedy behind developing the world's first jet airliner. Nations vie for speed and altitude records for both men and women as their air forces equip with nuclear weapons and bombers designed to deter or deliver. The combat use of jet aircraft is examined in both Korea and Vietnam but Ian's usual style of narration will include anecdotes and accounts containing much of human interest.
Tutor: McLachlan, Ian
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 7
Fee: £54.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: From the Fall of the Ottomans to the Rise of Islamism; 1914-2020 - Part 2
Course Number: C2226706
Course Description: Anachronistic dynasties survived and the will to change was expressed in the Arab spring, swiftly succeeded by an iron winter. Israel was now a factor, as well as the survival of regimes in Syria, Lebanon, and Iran.
Tutor: Hyman, Nicholas
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Tuesday
Start Time: 10:00
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 14/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Protecting the Planet
Course Number: C2226628
Course Description: We have a serious environmental crisis, involving climate change, species decline and pollution. The course describes the history of awareness of environmental problems, and discusses cases. It argues that the science of ecology can help us understand and deal with these problems. The course describes the growth of the environment movement and alternative views within it._x000D_
Tutor: Pirie, Ian
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Hypatia's Daughters
Course Number: C2226631
Course Description: Throughout the ages philosophy has been dominated by men and they still outnumber women in the academy by about five to one. _x000D_ This course will look at lives, ideas and legacies of some female thinkers, philosophers and divines past and present._x000D_ Starting with the ancient world (e.g. Hypatia, Theodora, Hilda), moving to medieval times (e.g.Heloise, Hildegard), on through the enlightenment (e.g.Conway, Wollstonecraft) and then to modernity (e.g. Warnock, Murdoch, Weil) we will also include contributors to science (Garret-Anderson) and feminism (Arendt, Davis, Daly). _x000D_ Why was it said that women were the 'weaker vessel' or regarded as unable to learn, lead or teach? Who are the key players in challenging such androcentrism?
Tutor: Sharp, David
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Reading the Russians
Course Number: C2226632
Course Description: The first half of the 19th century is considered the Golden Age of Russian literature. In this course we will explore a variety of texts by some of the most notable writers of Russia: Pushkin, Lermontov and Gogol. These books lead us to a world of romance and adventure, with a good dose of humour too! We will read prose, verse and drama in English translations, and discuss the books in class.
Tutor: Vernitski, Anat
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Wednesday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 15/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: England and the Continent in the Age of Bede
Course Number: C2226633
Course Description: The is centred on the period from 590 to 793, dates bounded by the pontificate of Gregory the great (590-604) and the Viking attack on the monastery of Lindisfarne in 793. Whilst our field is largely England, we range over Europe as it was in the 6th to the early 9th centuries, reflecting on the situations developing in Rome and Italy, teasing truth from tall tales and legends from Merovingian and Early Carolingian Gaul, and exploring elements of the Scandinavian and Germanic world of the period. Throughout the course, we home in on the life and work of Bede, renowned as one of the greatest and most influential of all the earlier medieval scholars and historians. In our examination of his life, work and influence, we assess his contribution to our own understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture.
Tutor: Bloomfield, Michael
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Writing for Beginners
Course Number: C2226637
Course Description: This introduction to creative writing will teach you the skills and confidence you need to tackle the blank page. We will learn about plot, character, dialogue, setting and much much more. Petra McQueen is a published writer with nearly thirty years of teaching experience.
Tutor: McQueen, Petra
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Musical Postcards - Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Course Number: C2226635
Course Description: Explore and enjoy classical music written to depict specific places, events or people. This tour encompasses Scotland, Northern ireland and Wales. Examples will include familair pieces such as Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture which also reminds us that he was an artist as well as composer and some of Berlioz's orchestral music inspired by the novels of Sir Walter Scott, as well as the unfamiliar. No prior knowledge of classical music is required.
Tutor: Green, Chris
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Thursday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 16/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Workshop of the World: A Social History of Nineteenth-Century Britain 1815-1914
Course Number: C2226640
Course Description: The hotly debated 'Condition of England' question was a phrase used by contemporaries to describe the challenging social issues of the day that confronted Victorians in their rapidly industrialising world. The course will provide an introduction to the important social issues of nineteenth century including, public heath, charity and philanthropy, education, poverty, women's rights, and the development of the welfare state.
Tutor: Doney, Simon
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: History of Colchester - Part 2
Course Number: C2226638
Course Description: Topics for discussion will include the Plague, the Hythe, the Georgian Town, the Rag Trade, the Victorians, Edwardians and much more. The course will also include a field trip in the form of a guided walking tour of Colchester.
Tutor: Denney, Patrick S
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk

Course Title: Pointless? Conceptualism in the arts with reference to music
Course Number: C2226641
Course Description: From Dada and Duchamp to Ono and Enim, this course will explore the way in which conceptualism changed the way we listen, see and feel about the arts with particular reference to the influence of conceptualism on music and musicians. With traditional aesthetics, material concerns and forms apparently overthrown how do we account for the huge influence of collage, minimalism and repetition on the 20th and 21st century art and music outputs of major composers, lyricists and cross-over artists. Christo, Lennon and many more artists will surge through our deliberation and debate.
Tutor: Tamblyn, Bill
Venue: Castle Methodist Church (Colchester)
Day Of Week: Friday
Start Time: 10:15
Duration: 2.00 hrs
Date: 17/01/20
No. of Weeks: 10
Fee: £77.00
Contact: Regional Office
Telephone: 01223 417320
Email: eastern@wea.org.uk