Philosophy: truth, ‘post-truth’, and thinking skills – Autumn 2017

truth-166853_1920.jpgTo some ‘post truth’ means freedom from the tyranny of rationality and experts. To others it is another word for ‘lies’. Develop and practice philosophical skills to understand truth and post truth better and to evaluate claims that we now live in a ‘post truth age’. We will cover: 1. what we mean by ‘true’ in everyday language; 2. Definitions of ‘post truth’; 3. Different philosophical ways of understanding truth; 4. How the proponents of post truth and ‘fake news’ understand truth; 5. How to analyse arguments philosophically; 6. whether rationality is the opposite of emotion; 7. The relationship between argument and rhetoric; 8. how to apply the techniques of philosophical analysis to ‘post truth’ claims.

Tutor – Bettina Lange
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 11 meetings from 22 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337861

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

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Painting in watercolour – Autumn 2017

watercolour-paint-2322136_1920.jpgWhatever subject you are interested in painting, this class will help you to focus on developing your watercolour skills. You will be taught the principles of painting in watercolour and encouraged to develop them at your own pace and in your own style.

Tutor – Cheryl Wilbraham
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 22 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337856

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Introduction to Tai Chi and Health Qigong level 1 – Autumn 2017

taichiThis form of exercise combines body movements and mental stimulation. The gentle movements energise the body without putting undue strain on joints and muscles. Practised regularly these exercises will help to relieve stress and tension, help body balance and increase a general sense of well being.

Tutor – Jan Jackson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – West End Community Centre, Mackworth Road, Derby DE22 3BL
Date – Thursday 10:30am – 12:00pm, 9 meetings from 5 October 2017
Course Ref – C2338025

NB: Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Leading men part 1 – Autumn 2017

Eliotsilasmarner 0001Through study of the novels Silas Marner by George Eliot, (written in 1861) and Harvest by Jim Crace, Eyrie by Tim Winton and Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (all modern authors) we will study and evaluate authors’ explorations of men’s lives in very different times and countries : England in the 18th century and in the middle ages, 21st century Australia, and 18th century America. Men are shown trying to lead meaningful lives even when the world seems to be against them, with unpredictable, sometimes hilarious consequences.

Tutor – Maggie Robinson
Fee – £52.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:15am – 11:45am, 9 meetings from 5 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337938

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The story of women’s rights – Autumn 2017

womens-rights-347444_1920.jpgWhat are my rights as a woman living in the UK today? What is the history of those rights and how do I make sure that I am exercising my rights? In this course we will discuss the story of how women came to acquire rights over their bodies, minds and labour through their own struggle and perseverance over generations.

 

Tutor – Anita Franklin
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 7 meetings from 5 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337945

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

How does Parliament work? Includes a trip to Westminster – Autumn 2017

big-ben-2200706_1920.jpgBeyond the rituals and the theatre of Westminster, you will acquire a working knowledge of how Parliament works in relation to government and how people can have an influence on what happens. We will explore our unwritten constitution concentrating on the House of Commons, examine the many roles of an MP, have a quick look at the House of Lords, discover how to influence decisions, understand the passage of a Parliamentary bill and the various stages of statute law-making, assess the party system including a look at the numbers game, discuss the role of the whips, plus an optional visit to Westminster.

Tutor – Mark Grayling
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 28 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337853

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

A taste of psychology – Autumn 2017

head-2147328_1280To gain some knowledge and understanding of this fascinating subject, each session will cover a particular issue or topic from the wide and exciting remit of psychology. We will discuss the relevance of psychology to everyday life – helping us to understand ourselves and others better.

 

Tutor – Rod Hawgood
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 4 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337852

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Italian for beginners – Autumn 2017

flag-1624842_1920You will use a variety of learning activities to build your skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing whilst also exploring Italian culture and customs.

 

Tutor – Giuseppa Perricone
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 11 meetings from 27 September 2017
Course Ref – C2338270

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

New skills in creative writing – Autumn 2017

writing-1209121_1920Taught by a published writer, this course enables you to make the most of your creative writing skills and techniques. Via exercises in poetry and prose, you will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at new ideas. The concept we will explore is that the more new things a writer tries, the better their work becomes. We will also embark on exercises that help with editing and polishing skills. Advice on where to send work out to, should writers wish to do so, will also be available.

Tutor – Deb Tyler-Bennett
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 11 meetings from 27 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337851

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Music workshop – Autumn 2017

musical-instrument-1092603_1280This is a chance to meet with other players and make music together in a friendly ensemble environment, improving your technique, musicianship, sight reading and understanding of music theory in the process. Sessions operate as band rehearsals, tackling accessible arrangements of a diverse musical repertoire for players of elementary to intermediate standard who have the ability to read standard music notation. Students supply their own instrument and music stand. All instruments welcome.

Tutor – Frances Jones
Fee – £84.70 or Free
Venue – The Voice Box, Kensington Mews, Forman Street, Derby DE1 1JQ
Date – Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 11 meetings from 27 September 2017
Course Ref – C2338155

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Mindfulness and meditation – Autumn 2017

stacking-stones-667432_1920We will examine and experience a wide range of mindfulness and meditation themes and consider which might be relevant and useful to you personally. You will be able to experience relaxing your mind with guided meditation, as well as developing the ability to focus on what is happening within and around us, and we will explore simple ways of including mindfulness in everyday life.

Tutor – Lydia Browne
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 3 October 2017
Course Ref – C2338009

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The Wars of the Roses – Autumn 2017

MS Ghent - Battle of Barnet Untangle the thorny path of the battles between the Houses of York and Lancaster. Meet Richard of York who gave battle in vain, his sons Edward IV, George drowned in a vat of wine and Richard III as well as the saintly Henry VI. Follow Margaret of Anjou and Margaret Beaufort in their quest for power. Encounter the men, women, turncoats and victims of a family war and begin to investigate the growing importance of legal process, parliament and propaganda in the Plantagenet and Tudor quest to rule the kingdom.

Tutor – Julia Hickey
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 3 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337849

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Two artists: two paintings – Autumn 2017

van goghEach week we will study in depth two works of art. The works will be by different artists who may have been contemporaries, possibly rivals, or simply members of a movement. Alternatively they may be separated by hundreds of years. The works themselves may be famous or obscure. They may share common themes or subject matter, compositional approaches, or some external link. You will have no prior knowledge of the works and will therefore explore the possible connections between the two works and their creators from scratch. You will have access to primary sources, other works by the artists, and critical analysis to help you discuss and formulate ideas. This study in microcosm will enable you to find out about the art world these artists worked in and how their work fits into the broader trend of art history.

Tutor – Bob Moulder
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 10:00am – 12:00pm, 10 meetings from 26 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337818

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Native American Indians and revolution – Autumn 2017

monument-54851_1920We will examine the interaction of colonists to the Americas and their relationships with native populations, as well as exploring the impact of colonising nations on the lives of North and South American Indians. This will include Spanish, English and French colonial attempts to settle the Americas. Where appropriate key individuals such as George Washington will be assessed. The growth of the colonies and their development will be examined, plus the events surrounding the American and French Revolutions, particularly where they link to Native American Indians.

Tutor – Ann Parker
Fee – £57.75 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 1:00pm – 2:30pm, 10 meetings from 19 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337917

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

The tragedy of the Great War: causes, consequences and contrasting centenaries – Autumn 2017

Enlist todayAlthough the Great War’s consequences are indisputable, its origins remain contentious.
Re-evaluating each country’s role in the crisis, we will trace the political, social and economic causes of the conflict. Given the war’s contrasting memories and national narratives we will also ask, should we commemorate without reproach.

Tutor – Mark Barnard
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 2 October 2017
Course Ref – C2337817

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx