Walks with Talks – Summer 2018

walkers-907574_1920.jpgThe first meeting at the Mill will involve students in planning the 4 walks. There will be pointers to safe excursion guidelines and individual needs will be taken into account. The ability to stroll 4 miles or so with appropriate breaks is needed for the full experience. Geology and geomorphology will underlie the course. Plant and animal identification will be at a simple level. Student contributions are welcomed.

Tutor – Gerry Shaw
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 5 meetings from 11 April 2018
Course Ref – C2338970

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

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Philosophy: Fairness – what does it mean and can it be achieved? – Summer 2018

justice-683942_1920.jpg“It’s not fair” children often say, and we all have some ideas of what is and is not fair, but we don’t normally examine our ideas closely. This course is an opportunity to do just that with help from the ideas of political philosopher John Rawls. The course will include different meanings of fairness and whether it is a worthwhile goal; the context in which Rawls developed his ideas of fairness (theories of justice, utilitarianism); his ‘justice as fairness’ theory and ‘veil of ignorance’ thinking tool; and criticisms of Rawls’ approach.

Tutor – Bettina Lange
Fee – £69.30 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 9 meetings from 13 April 2018
Course Ref – C2338815

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

Philosophy: Post Truth and Populism – Rhetoric and Politics – Spring 2018

truth-166853_1920The success of populists such as Donald Trump shows that rhetoric now has more influence in politics than truth – or does it? This course uses up to date research to examine the rhetoric and political dynamics of populism.
Topics include: definitions of political populism, rhetoric and manipulation, rhetoric and the public good, the tools of rhetoric, case studies : how rhetoric is used in populism – and how it can be used in informed debates about populism.

Tutor – Bettina Lange
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Friday 1:15pm – 3:15pm, 10 meetings from 12 January 2018
Course Ref – C2337862

Enrolment is now open – go to wea.org.uk or call 0300 303 3464 to book your place

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

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

A taste of psychology – Spring 2017

sense-and-nonsenseSetting out to 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 – Rodney Hawgood
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 18 January 2017
Course Ref – C2337144

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

Geology and nature walks – Summer 2017

IMG_0283.JPGA chance to explore the geology, scenery and wildlife of the East Midlands. First session at The Mill; outdoor meetings thereafter. It is hoped to arrange shared transport and lifts. Walks will involve distances of 3-4 miles, usually starting at 10.30am and finishing at 3pm. Visit locations to be confirmed after consultation with students.

Tutor – Gerry Shaw & Debbie Alston
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 10:15am – 12:15pm, 5 meetings from 26 April 2017
Course Ref – C2337138

Online enrolment is available from 5 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx