Special Interest Courses

The following courses are all run by highly qualified tutors and lecturers. Some of them have taught or are teaching for The Cambridge University Institute of Continuing Education or other Institutes of Further or Higher Education or the WEA. Students are encouraged to take an active part in learning through class discussion and reading. Some tutors may give students the option to do written work but this is entirely at the
tutor’s discretion and there may be a marking fee payable directly to the tutor. Other than for Creative Writing, written work will NOT be compulsory on any course. A syllabus and book list may be provided by the tutor prior to the start of the course. There must be a minimum of 12 students for each course to run.

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Spring 2020

Fictional Elegies 2

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Tutor: Fiona Lucraft
Mondays from 10:30 to 12:30
20th Jan 2020
£76.00 per 8 weeks term.

This term we will study EM Forster’s Howards End and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day. We will discuss the elegiac portrayal of life in Britain in the years preceding the First and Second World Wars. It is highly recommended that students read the novels in advance of the course. This course can be taken independently of Fictional Elegies 1 although there will be some comparison with the earlier novels.

Getting Dressed: A History of Clothes

Tutor: Honor Ridout
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
6th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED. How did our ancestors acquire their clothes? Choose what to put on (did they have a choice)? What materials were available to them? This survey looks at clothes in England from the 11th Century to the present day, attempting to answer these questions, using contemporary documents and images.

Medieval Britain: Art and Society

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
6th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Using the evidence of art, architecture, archaeology and documentary evidence, this course reviews the tableau of life in medieval Britain, looking at urban, rural, Church and court society. The development of castles and towns, manors and medieval villages are considered along with industry and trade. Also discussed are pastimes, fashion, medicine, science and superstition, as well as intellectual and artistic endeavour.

Early English Art and Architecture

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Tutor: Lloyd Laing
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
24th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Anglo-Saxon artists were often an inspiration for their Continental neighbours, excelling in diverse media: metalwork, stone and ivory carving, manuscript and wall painting. After a review of the sumptuary arts of the pagan Anglo-Saxons, the course considers the development of Christian art and architecture from the Northumbrian Renaissance, the Mercian revival and finally the age of the Winchester School in the last centuries before the Norman Conquest, when once again England artistically led north-west Europe.

The Roaring 20s: A Decade in Music

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
7th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

The 1920s were years of huge musical change. This course explores how social dancing became a mass craze; how the new media of radio, records and talking films nurtured such era-defining talents as Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin and Bessie Smith; and how the new jazz rhythms enraptured a generation revelling in post-war freedoms. How did the songs and styles of the 20s reflect its social and cultural cross-currents? What was the musical legacy of this tumultuous decade?

Experiments which changed the Course of Science

Tutor: Christopher Woolston
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
14th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. Following Newton’s discoveries in the 17th century, it seemed that our understanding of the natural world was complete. However, by 1900 it was clear that there were great gaps in our knowledge. Eventually, these were filled by the ideas we explore in this course including Relativity, Quantum Theory, Atomic Structure and the Standard Model of Particle Physics. This course will not require a background in Science as each topic will be developed from scratch.

Reader I Married Him: A Closer Look at Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
25th Feb 2020
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

"Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong!" Charlotte Bronte's eponymous heroine has fascinated, challenged and inspired generations of readers, writers and critics. Her story is so universal that it is a part of our personal and literary landscape, and the novel is a masterpiece well worth revisiting and studying closely: please join us!

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
7th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

A discreet advertisement appears in The Times in February 1922: TO THOSE WHO APPRECIATE WISTARIA AND SUNSHINE. SMALL MEDIAEVAL ITALIAN CASTLE ON THE SHORES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN TO BE LET FURNISHED FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL. NECESSARY SERVANTS REMAIN. Four very different ladies respond and their lives are changed forever! Intrigued? Please join us for a magical holiday for the mind and the soul!

A Journey through Sufi Voices

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Tutor: Wafa' Tarnowska
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
25th Feb 2020
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

This course will take us on a journey with famous Sufi poets and saints from the amazing Rumi, to the lesser known Shams al Tabriz, Fariduddin al Attar, Hafez, al Ghazali, al Hallaj, Ibn al Arabi, Turkish poet Yunus Emre and the first Iraqi Woman Sufi mystic Rabiya al Adawiyya. They all had one message: What is it to love God? We will discover how they went about expressing this love through dance, music, prayer, meditation and poetry.

Brush Up your Latin

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Tutor: Deborah Day
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
7th Jan 2020
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

Did you enjoy Latin at school? Would you like to revisit it in a gentler way? Whether you have O level, A level, or gained no qualification at all, this will be a second chance to experience the joys of Latin. The course will consider extracts from the classical authors and also some mediaeval Latin, as well as material from the present day. The only requirement is a simple understanding of basic rules of the language.

Britain since 1900: origins of the present crisis

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Tutor: Michael Williams
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
8th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Would you like to know more about how the country arrived at the most extraordinary political crisis since who knows when? This course looks at British history since around 1900 through the lens of a series of crises involving world war, the collapse of empire, conflict in Ireland, the fall and rise of political parties, economic meltdown, cultural and ethnic change - and of course relations with our European neighbours. Enjoy the ride!

Artists in Cornwall

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Tutor: Sarah Burles
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
8th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

How important is a place to the creation of works of art? Throughout the history of art particular places at particular times have inspired intense periods of creativity. From the late 19th Century, Cornwall became a focus for artists starting with the Newlyn School and the Lamorna Group. Later St Ives was home to artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and Bernard Leach. This course will look at the work of artists who lived and worked in Cornwall and explore their artistic influences, relationships and legacy.

Project Apollo: The First Men on the Moon

Tutor: Tim Parrott
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
8th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This year sees the 50th anniversary of the landing of the first men on the Moon. The World hailed the human achievement, but you were probably too young or too busy or both to enjoy the technological achievement. Prepare to be amazed. On this 5-week course we will hear from some of the 400,000 men and women who dedicated themselves to building the Saturn V and the Apollo spacecraft. PLEASE NOTE THIS DIFFERS SLIGHTLY FROM THE ADVERTISED COURSE IN THE BROCHURE.

Introduction to Tablet Computers

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Tutor: Jane Mailer
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
8th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Tablet computers have made accessing online and digital services easier than ever, but with a language all of their own this latest technology appear confusing. If you would like to know your Apps from your Widgets, your downloads from your installs, this course is for you, providing a practical guide to understanding the features and services your tablet has to offer explained in plain English.

Managing Photos on a Tablet Computer

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Tutor: Jane Mailer
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
26th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

A tablet computer or Smart Phone provides a dazzling array of tools for taking and managing photos. This course will look at the tools provided by the Camera and Photo Apps as well as options for sharing and storing in the Cloud. We will also be looking at integrating the use of the tablet camera with other devices, pre-digital photos, and services provided by third party Apps. There will be a strong focus and support to provide you with the instructions you need in the form of “Road Maps”.

Women with Wings - Remarkable Aviatrix

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Tutor: Liz Carter
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
26th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Not Angels, but women who took to the air in balloons, biplanes, war planes and space rockets. A short course, starting after half-term in February 2020, investigating the life and achievements of an eclectic group of truly remarkable women aviatrix to include Lady Mary Heath, Amelia Earhart, Mary Bailey and Geraldine Cobb amongst others.

Special Effects in the Movies

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Tutor: Christopher Budd
Wednesdays from 10:30 to 12:30
26th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

From the earliest simple trick shots to cutting-edge computer-generated images, the magic of the movies has always been part art, part science, and a whole lot of inventiveness. Expect miniature cities, giant apes, animated antics, spaceships, skeletons, and digitally de-aged actors as we enjoy an in-depth look at over a century of creativity in classic cinema – as well as some overlooked masterpieces.

The Problem of Evil

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Tutor: Gary Day
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
9th Jan 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Why do terrible things happen? Is there some evil force at work in the world that brings pain and sorrow? Or is it some lack in us, or in our social arrangements that makes people do terrible things to one another? This short course will look at what we mean by evil, how some thinkers have tried to explain it and what, if anything, we can do about it.

J. M. W. Turner

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Tutor: Gary Day
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
27th Feb 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Arresting. There is really no other word to describe this artist. His work has an intensity and luminous clarity that it is almost hypnotic. Friedrich’s interest was in our emotional response to the sight of savage skies, dizzying mountains and forbidding forests. His Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog (1818) is an icon of Romanticism while the Gothic Monastery Graveyard in the Snow (1819) is guaranteed to make you shudder. Come if you dare.

From Page to Stage: Actors' Tricks

Tutor: Mark Hopkins
Thursdays from 19:30 to 21:30
9th Jan 2020
£95.00 per 10 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. Actors of all levels can learn how to develop script performance in this structured and supportive class. Through demonstration and practical exploration students will learn how to create a character, deconstruct a playtext and explore character motivation. You will learn how to communicate effectively with the audience and explore the skills to portray a more fully rounded persona on stage. Students are encouraged to feedback on each others work which will help develop directing skills By the end of the course students should feel confident in creating a scene of scripted material to audition standards. Ideal for all levels of actor from keen amateur to drama school candidates and beyond.

History of the English Cottage Garden

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Tutor: Andrew Sankey
Thursdays from 10:00 to 12:00
9th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

A history of the English cottage garden from the peasant's medieval plot through to the modern day interpretation; looking at plants that have become cottage favourites, superstitions, sayings, remedies and cures, vegetables grown and animals kept.

Gilbert and Sullivan - Their Times and Tunes

Tutor: Mike Muncaster
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
9th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

THIS COURSE IS CANCELLED. The Savoy operas, which entranced the theatre going public in late Victorian England, have remained popular ever since. This course sets them in their historical context, looks at the personalities behind the operas, introduces students to the details of the operas and considers their timeless appeal. Examples are taken from all operas, with recordings from famous D’Oyly Carte performers of the past and contrasting modern interpretations used. Students are provided with a copy of the libretti and active participation is welcomed!

Lipreading Classes

Tutor: Louise Reed
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
10th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Attending a Lipreading course at the Settlement helps people who are becoming deaf to discover how to cope with everyday life. They will learn to understand body language, the rhythm of speech, facial expression and, of course, the lip movements of a speaker who speaks normally and without exaggeration. This skill requires perseverance and practice, of course, but classes are friendly and there is lots of laughter in them.??

Gender and Relationships

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Tutor: Lesley Kelly
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:30
10th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 8 weeks term.

We are living in a world of change - what does Gender mean? How does it influence today's society? How do we form relationships, how do we maintain them? Explore the psychology of our social interactions with each other.

An Introduction into the History of Film Music

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Tutor: Paul Herring
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
10th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

In this course students will be introduced to the history and development of film music during the last 100 years. We will look at the need and purpose of the soundtrack and some of the techniques usedin film composing. We will also look at some of the leading composers from Charlie Chaplin to John Williams as well as some of the key partnerships between composer and director.

Famous Russian Women in History and Culture

Tutor: Marina Burrell
Fridays from 10:30 to 12:30
10th Jan 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

UNFORTUNATELY, THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This course, taught by a Russian native speaker, introduces some remarkable Russian women who made a considerable contribution to Russian and world History and Culture. A princess and a diplomat, a terrorist and a poet, an opera singer who sang for Benjamin Britten and a ballerina who caused a revolution in ballet. Their lives were full of hardships and pleasures, excitement and bewildering twists. How were they affected by diverse historical and political contexts? What was extraordinary about Soviet women? The course is supplemented by audio and video materials, an extensive reading list and handouts with interactive tasks.

Summer 2020

Night Moves: An Introduction to Neo-noir Cinema

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Tutor: Tony Venezia
Mondays from 13:30 to 15:30
1st Jun 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Following film noir’s classic Hollywood period, from 1940 to 1960, noir cinema was reinvented and revised by film-makers in Europe, Asia, and America. This course will trace the development of neo-noir styles from the French and Japanese New Waves, through New Hollywood, the retro-noir of the eighties and nineties, concluding with twenty-first century global iterations. This course follows on from Dark Mirrors: Introduction to Film Noir but either course can be taken independently.

Art and Empire: British Art and the World in the 19th Century

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Tutor: Madeline Edmead
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
21st Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

A survey of how British art came to the arts of the world and how that reflected wider attitudes. We will discuss attitudes to empire and consider how the wider world was influenced by its contacts with Europe. The course will include lectures on India, the Middle East and the Far East.

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
21st Apr 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

At last! An opportunity to study closely the much anticipated final volume of the Wolf Hall trilogy! Hilary Mantel has promised that The Mirror & The Light will reflect and illuminate the stunning portrait of Thomas Cromwell and his times which she has given us in the first two immensely popular and critically acclaimed volumes, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and we are confident we will not be disappointed: please join us!

Script Reading Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
2nd Jun 2020
£57.50 per 6 weeks term.

A perfect way to revisit this delightful and sometimes provocative play! We will draw on scholarship and seminal productions to enhance our reading, but there is no better way to appreciate a play than by participating. There will be no auditions and no type-casting: you may be Duke of Athens in the first act and Wall in the interlude! There will be non-speaking parts for those who prefer them, and joy and mirth for us all: please join us!

Walking with History Part 4

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Tutor: Anne Rowe
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
22nd Apr 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

A series of five walks exploring the multi-faceted history of the Hertfordshire countryside. Topics to be covered during the walks will include settlement history, open fields, commons, parks and the management of woodland and hedgerows. Each walk will be in a different area and will take about 2 hours and cover approximately 2-4 miles, starting and finishing at a point where cars can be parked. Transport for non-drivers between The Settlement and the walk start/end point can be arranged for a small additional charge. A detailed programme will be available in due course.

Making Friends with Windows 10

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Tutor: Jane Mailer
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
22nd Apr 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Coming up to its fourth birthday, Windows 10 is not universally popular with PC users. This course will cover the Apps and features that have been included in Windows 10, and how these can be made to work for you. From email to surfing the web, importing photos or talking to Cortana, this course is a change to finally make friends with Windows 10.

Taming the Titans of Computing

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Tutor: Jane Mailer
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
3rd Jun 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Four of the biggest players in computing Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon provide services to tempt and persuade us to give them our exclusive and loyal custom. This course will provide information to help you make the choices that meet your needs, and how to mix and match services.

Water, Water Everywhere - The Story of the Fens

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Tutor: Liz Carter
Wednesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
22nd Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Where and what are the Fens? This course examines the history of the Fens from 1600 to modern-day. We meet engineers, wealthy entrepreneurs, royalty, some criminals, plenty of ordinary folk and possibly a 'Fen Tiger' if we are lucky! We look at drainage works, on-going maintenance & problems encountered, the introduction of new technology and the effects on growing local communities. Plenty of maps, copied original documents and lively discussions guaranteed.

Mary Magdalene

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Tutor: Gary Day
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
23rd Apr 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

The Da Vinci Code brought Mary Magdalene to popular consciousness and one of the Gnostic gospels found at Nag Hammadi is devoted to Mary’s conversations with Jesus. This five week course will look at how Mary has been represented in the Bible-she is mentioned 12 times-and in art and at how she is portrayed in popular culture. We will also consider whether a knowledge of Mary affects our understanding of Jesus.

Paul Cezanne

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Tutor: Gary Day
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
4th Jun 2020
£48.00 per 5 weeks term.

Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and proto-Modernist Cezanne was, declared Matisse and Picasso ‘the father of us all’. The Symbolists admired the mysterious aspects of his work, the Cubists admired his sense of ‘the relativity of structure’ while those who came after saw him as the ancestor of abstract art. We will be looking at now Cezanne’s style develops as he seeks to reconcile the ceaseless play of light with the relative stability of shape.

Lipreading Classes

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Tutor: Louise Reed
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:00
24th Apr 2020
£93.00 per 10 weeks term.

Attending a Lipreading course at the Settlement helps people who are becoming deaf to discover how to cope with everyday life. They will learn to understand body language, the rhythm of speech, facial expression and, of course, the lip movements of a speaker who speaks normally and without exaggeration. This skill requires perseverance and practice, of course, but classes are friendly and there is lots of laughter in them.??

Freud

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Tutor: Lesley Kelly
Fridays from 10:00 to 12:30
24th Apr 2020
£93.00 per 8 weeks term.

We have all heard of Freud, but do we really know what he was like, what did this controversial man bring to the world of Psychology? This course will look at Freud's' psychodynamic approach to understanding human behaviour, it will delve in to the famous case studies of Anna O, Dora and Little Hans.