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 2021

Banish the looming winter blues with this joyous celebration and exploration of the films that have tickled the British funny bone, and discover what they tell us about the country’s psyche! Beginning with the weird and wacky world of early British silent film, this course will discover the extent to which the genre has its roots in pantomime and how music hall stars like George Formby and Will Hay kept the British end up during World War Two. It will then examine the sophisticated satire of the Ealing comedies, the saucy innuendo of the Carry On films, the surrealism of Monty Python and how transferring television comedy to the big screen saved the British film industry in the 1970s. Finally, it will explore recent developments like the Transatlantic romances of Richard Curtis, the “Silver Pound” comedies and ask if there are new directions for the British film comedy – or is it just more of the same? Warning: this course contains bad language and nudity (and that’s just the tutor!).

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Course ID: C2227534
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 13 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: on-line   Venue details

This course is a sequel to Course 1 “Russian Life & Culture during the Cold War”. It is based on the Tutor’s personal experience of living in the USSR during ‘perestroika’ and the USSR collapse. Illustrated with period artefacts, audio and video materials, the course explores some key events in the economic, political and cultural life, including national independence movements, and the ways they affected lives of ordinary Soviet people, with the focus on the Baltic States. Students are encourage to discuss current affairs related to Russia in the light of her recent past. Each session is supplemented by handouts with optional interactive tasks and a reading list.

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Course ID: C2227788
Tutor: Marina Burrell
Dates: 10 weeks starting Wednesday 13 January
Times: 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Venue: Zoom Course   Venue details

In this course we will read six contemporary novels to examine some of the significant themes and preoccupations we find in Australian literature. This will include, among other things the preoccupation with the landscape and the way in which this is often portrayed in a gothic manner; how isolation and estrangement of individuals and groups is portrayed; diasporic and aboriginal voices in the stories of Australia’s first people and migrant populations; and the preocupation with identity and belonging. For each novel we will look at the author and the context within which the novel was written thereby bringing an historical and cultural approach to our readings as well as a literary one. Most novels will be discussed over two weeks to allow time for a deep and close reading of the texts and time to discuss the novels fully.

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Course ID: C2227787
Tutor: Theresa Miller
Dates: 8 weeks starting Tuesday 19 January
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details

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.

This is an online course. More  detailed information and enrolment instructions can be found on the National WEA Site.


Course ID: C2227790
Tutor: David Read
Dates: 7 weeks starting Thursday 21 January
Times: 11.30 am - 1.30pm
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details

This is an online course

This course will provide an overview of English law, criminal and civil, and the main controversies that surround it. These will include general topics such as access to justice, the nature of punishment, human rights and democracy, as well as ‘hot topics’ such as Brexit and the Coronavirus regulations. We will aim to get a good grounding in where law comes from, how laws are made and how the legal system works (and sometimes doesn’t work) before looking at examples of the ways in which the truth can be twisted for political ends. By the end of the course, we should all be able to look more critically at sensational legal stories and see why they might not be quite what they seem

More  detailed information and enrolment instruction can be found on the National WEA Site.


Course ID: C2227791
Tutor: Bob Grindrod
Dates: 8 weeks starting Friday 22 January
Times: 9.00am - 11.00am
Venue: Zoom course,   Venue details

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