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Here at the SPƵվ we offer a huge range of humanities and science courses, with something for everyone.  

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If you’re interested in the natural world, our geography and environment courses are the perfect choice. Our packed curriculum explores some of the biggest issues facing society, such as climate change and the fight against the destruction of some of Earth’s most precious resources. The option to learn in person or online means that our geography courses can whisk you away to a far-flung corner of the globe, all without you ever having to leave your own home. 

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If you choose to take one of our psychology courses you’ll be immersed in the study of the human mind. With options to learn about memory and identity, you’ll get the chance to explore and debate some of the most famous psychological experiments.  

There’s also Sociology too, a subject that focuses on human behaviour, interaction, and relationships. If you’d like to explore some of the biggest questions in life, then our philosophy courses are for you. Small class sizes mean that you’ll get to discuss and debate in a supportive environment, all with an experienced tutor on hand.  

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Whether you choose to learn from the comfort of your own home or opted for face-to-face learning at a local community venue, you’ll be taught by a talented tutor who is an expert in their subject. Our learning experience sets us apart from other providers, with learners regularly highlighting the difference that an encouraging environment makes. 

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History: Classical Mythology and its Symbolism

Are you fascinated by myths and mythology? Then this is the course for you! On this 10-week, online course you will read from, explore and enjoy selections from an array of the great texts that belong to the body of work and traditions of the Classical world. You will discuss the fascination that mythology continues to have over the modern mind, thinking about how and why these works and stories still resonate and have related to us for so long, as well as setting them against their own time and seeking to understand their original purpose. In doing so we will evaluate genre, style and form, as well as considering authorship and the culture through appraising the backgrounds and situations of each text and particular writers whilst also looking into modern art and culture that draws on these myths for influence; all texts will be read in English translation and it is hoped that you will take the analytic skills you gain on this course back into your community or your workplace. No experience is necessary, just bring your enthusiasm!

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/01/2024 -
Fri 22/03/2024
Times:
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Simon Haworth
Course code:
Q00012608
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £74.00

History: Bremen Cog: Discovery, Conservation and Display

This course will look at the Bremen Cog and the history and construction of Cogs in general. The Cogs were the principal vessels trading through the North and Baltic seas from the 12th to the 16th centuries and carried cargos for the Hansiatic league towns of Northern Europe. Many medieval ports along the East Coast of England and Scotland were visited by them, where they would have been a familiar sight. The cogs carried a wide range of cargos which included textiles, grain, beer pottery and metal goods.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 17/02/2024 -
Sat 17/02/2024
Times:
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
The Salvation Army Church & Community Ce
13 Church Street
Louth
LN11 9BS
Tutor:
Simon Tomson
Course code:
Q00013097
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
In progress
Fee range
Free to £12.60

History: Matilda, Henry and Eleanor of Aquitaine - The Troubles of Henry II

This course is an exploration of the period in English history before, during and after the Civil War known as 'The Anarchy'. It considers the roles of some of the key players, the Empress Matilda and that of her son, King Henry II and his consort, Eleanor of Aquitaine. A woman wronged and denied her rightful position as Queen. The troubled years of the Anarchy when England was ravaged by civil war and had two rival monarchs, the empress Matilda, the legitimate claimant and her cousin, King Stephen. The course explores the reasons why the empress never achieved the Crown, but her son, Henry Fitzempress, did. And how with his charismatic wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine by his side, it all unravelled. No previous knowledge of twelfth-century history is required. Everyone is welcome to join this fascinating course!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
9:30am - 11:30am
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Michael Long
Course code:
Q00012278
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £44.40

History: History of the English Language

From the great Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms of England through to the English we speak today, this course explores the language via raiders and traders, taking you on a journey through some of the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape the English language. We will explore the evolution of our language from its origins with the Anglo-Saxon settlement; the Viking invasion; the words of the Bible; the effect of Shakespeare and the English bards; Sea travel and Naval slang; pronunciation with all its differences, and accents and dialect.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 18/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (Berkhamsted)
289 High Street
Berkhamsted
HP4 1AJ
Tutor:
Rebecca Eliahoo Charles
Course code:
Q00013343
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

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Animal psychology: Domestic felines

Why your dog dotes on your every word and action and pines for you when you go out whilst your cat just knocks ornaments off shelves purely for the sake of it and suddenly moves into the house down the street uninvited! Cats are one of the most popular pets worldwide and yet they were only domesticated a few thousand years ago (as compared to companion dogs which were domesticated around one hundred and fifty thousand years ago). This means that cats retain a wildness and independence which is in sharp contrast to the dependency on humans that we see in the modern dog. It is perhaps this independence and some would say, aloofness, that is loved and admired by cat lovers all over the world and despised by others.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 19/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
11:00am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
Joanne Wilshaw
Course code:
Q00011025
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
0 places remaining
Status:
Waiting list
Fee range
Free to £33.30

Philosophy: A History of Ideas

A History of Ideas course introducing learners to important figures and ideas in history, philosophy and literature

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 26/03/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Enfield Baptist Church (Enfield) (Enfiel
Cecil Road
Enfield
EN2 6TG
Tutor:
Brandon Robshaw
Course code:
Q00012133
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £69.00

Gardening Practical: Sowing and Growing 1

Feel like spending more time in nature and being part of something positive? This welcoming workshop, at the inspiring Bosavern Community Farm, will give you the opportunity to explore the natural world and participate in regenerate farming. On this friendly and uplifting short course we will have our hands in the soil, practicing techniques in organic food growing and enhancing biodiversity. You will be able to find out more about all the exciting forthcoming community courses taking place at Bosavern Farm in 2024! And you will have the chance to sign up for courses of your choice.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 20/02/2024 -
Tue 20/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013506
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

Gardening Practical: Sowing and Growing 2

This welcoming workshop, at the inspiring Bosavern Community Farm, will give you the opportunity to enjoy the out of doors and explore natural farming. On this friendly and uplifting short course we will have our hands in the soil, practicing techniques in organic food growing and regenerative farming You will be able to learn more about all the exciting forthcoming community courses taking place at Bosavern Farm in 2024! And you will have the chance to sign up for courses of your choice. You will be able to find out more about all the exciting forthcoming community courses taking place at Bosavern Farm in 2024! And you will have the chance to sign up for courses of your choice.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 22/02/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Bosavern Community Farm (St Just)
St Just
St Just
TR19 7RD
Tutor:
Jodie Tellam
Course code:
Q00013507
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £25.20

History: A Global History of Empire

Ever wanted to learn more about the global world? This course aims to provide an introduction to the global history of Empire by exploring the different ways they rose, functioned, and fell, and their legacy in our own times.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 22/02/2024 -
Thu 04/04/2024
Times:
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Location:
Long Sutton Village Hall (Long Sutton)
Martock Road
Long Sutton
TA10 9NT
Tutor:
Greg Morter
Course code:
Q00013536
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £50.40

Nature, Ecology & Permaculture: Green Solutions

Are you concerned about the environment, but not sure what to do? Let’s change that! In this five-week interactive course we will discuss potential solutions to environmental issues relating to food, shopping, housing, and transportation. We will discuss the pros and cons of proposed solutions, and identify solutions that can be applied to our everyday lives here in the United Kingdom.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 26/02/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
Audrey Reid
Course code:
Q00012593
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £31.50