WEA Norwich Courses

Learning with the WEA is exciting and rewarding, whatever your interest or level.  Our courses are informal and friendly, everyone is welcome and your views and experience will be valued, whatever course you choose. There are no tests or exams and you don’t need previous knowledge of the subject, so there’s no pressure to achieve a particular standard – just the pleasure of increasing your knowledge and experience, and the opportunity to meet new people

We offer courses in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms, most can be booked on line.

Spring Term 2020

Discover how the exotic Orient has inspired European architecture, art, furniture and jewellery over hundreds of years. Explore the artistic influences of the East in more depth and learn about the events,people and mythology that gave rise to them.

 

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Course ID: C2226779
Tutor: Fiona Savage
Dates: 10 weeks starting Monday 13 January
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

this course will be a seven week programme – not 10 weeks as previously advertised

This course is aimed at people with an interest in everything Italian. As well as learning about the historical “risorgimento” from King Vittorio Emmanuelle to Berlusconi, the course will give learners a practical introduction to the musical language of Italy, with the aim of being able to “get by” on holiday in Italy. Part of the course will discuss modern culture, life in Italy today, Italian food and why we have moved so far from Spaghetti Bolognese.

 

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Course ID: C2226781
Tutor: Denise Bianchini
Dates: 7 weeks starting Monday 13 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£59.50
Notes:note: the (revised) fee for 7 week courses

Our sovereign Parliament is free to make any decision it chooses. Managing Brexit is its big decision of today but we will investigate debates and decisions from its history – about trade, about Empire, about Ireland and about democracy itself – and see how they still have consequences for us even hundreds of years later.

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Course ID: C2226782
Tutor: Bob Grindrod
Dates: 10 weeks starting Tuesday 14 January
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

The art of the 18th century explore and reflect enlightenment ideals of
progress and the power of reason in many different ways. Artists turned to
science as a subject matter, the rediscovery of the Classical past
evidenced the possibilities for the art and society in the present and new
academies contributed to the establishment of rules for art making. This
is a wide-ranging course covering a variety of artists such as Simeon
Chardin, Jacques-Louis David, Joshua Reynolds, Joseph Wright of Derby and
many more. We will discuss the impact of the discoveries of Roman material
culture at Herculaneum and Pompeii, analyse the educational aims of the
Grand Tour and unpick the creation of Neo-Classicism.

Course ID: C2226783
Tutor: Kajsa Berg
Dates: 10 weeks starting Tuesday 14 January
Times: 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm and 2.40 pm - 4,40 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

During the 19th century, the British working class (and its intellectuals too) lagged behind continental Europe in adopting the new language of socialism. Why was this? The left (in any country) has always tended to fragment into those groups driven by revolutionary ideology, and those seeking a more pragmatic path, possibly through Parliament. These are the issues which we will explore in depth, to follow the promise of socialism from the 1870s through to the 1920s.

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Course ID: C2226785
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 15 January
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

Religious questions are some of the most interesting and basic that can be asked, no matter what your position on belief. In this course, we explore whether philosophy can give us any answers about such issues as the existence of God or what happens to us when we die. During the course we will be using Tim Bayne’s Philosophy of Religion: A Very Short Introduction (available online and in bookshops). Course members will find it helpful to have read Chapter 1 before coming to the first class.

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Course ID: C2226787
Tutor: Philip Wilson
Dates: 10 weeks starting Wednesday 15 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

This course will look at how cinema has used the written word (novels, biographies, plays and even poetry) as the inspiration for so many movies from the early, silent black and white shorts to the present day. It will chart the success of literary adaptations over the years, concentrating mainly on English language films. We will consider a range of works across a variety of movie genres and conduct a detailed analysis of several film adaptations to reveal the issues and challenges involved in turning literary works into film.

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Course ID: C2226788
Tutor: Stephen Poulter
Dates: 10 weeks starting Thursday 16 January
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

Chaucer has had an immense influence on British culture during the last six hundred years. From the main events of Chaucer’s lifetime (c1343-1400) we will turn to aspects of the literary traditions from which he drew. We consider contemporary perceptions of society and the groups/types of people of which it was comprised, before looking at how Chaucer used this material in The Canterbury Tales. We then focus on two of the pilgrims and their tales, contrasting characters who tell stories for very different purposes.

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Course ID: C2226791
Tutor: Graham Platts
Dates: 10 weeks starting Thursday 16 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£85.00

The proposed course ‘ Taking Liberties’ will not be available this term.

 

Course ID: C2226786
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 26 February
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

When we think of the Romantic poets, six male names spring to mind – Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Shelley, Byron and Keats and most of us can probably recite some of their lines. Yet we are less familiar with the female poets who were publishing at the same time. This course examines an alternative group of poets and writers, a female ‘big six’ if you like, consisting of Felicia Dorothea Hemans, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Charlotte Turner Smith, Mary Robinson, Hannah More and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Course ID: C2226790
Tutor: Theresa Miller
Dates: 5 weeks starting Tuesday 21 April
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

This course will reveal the research process our tutor followed when uncovering the 350 year old story of his cottage in Norfolk. As well as recounting the tales of previous owners and residents, Stephen will outline the procedures and resources involved in investigating the background of any historic property using online and archive sources. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to read and interpret copies of original historical documents, deeds and census reports to assist anyone who wishes to set out on their own

journey of historical discovery.

Course ID: C2226807
Tutor: Stephen Poulter
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 22 April
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

Five circular guided walks uncovering the history and heritage of Norwich, including many of the less well known corners of the city. One and a half hour walks with separate starting points. A full list of the walks will be posted on our website and included in our summer term brochure published well before Easter.

Course ID: C2226794
Tutor: Charles Lewis
Dates: 5 weeks starting Thursday 23 April
Times: 10.00 - 11.30 am
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£25

Summer Term 2020

A look at how British comedy evolved from early slapstick films, via music hall comedians to the Oxbridge satire and surrealism of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and the Pythons, finishing with the modern -day romantic comedies of Richard Curtis.  Promises to be funny.

Course ID: C2226789
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Tuesday 21 April
Times: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

Understanding how buildings were built greatly enhances our appreciation and enjoyment of architecture. But recognising building materials and methods is often difficult, and matching material evidence with written sources can prove ineffective. This course will focus on more elusive ancient and medieval buildings. By using buildings and their fragments as primary evidence, we will explore how hands-on observation and analysis of materiality of a building can be supported by the visual and written sources such as building manuals and illuminated manuscripts.

Course ID: C2226791
Tutor: Agata Gomolka
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 22 April
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details
Fee:£42.50

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