Special Interest Courses

Special Interest Courses will be retitled Humanities Courses from August 2024.

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. A syllabus and book list may be provided by the tutor prior to the start of the course. 

Summer 2024

To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf – 04/06/24 – 5 Weeks

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Tutor: Margaret Norwich
Tuesdays from 13:30 to 15:30
4th Jun 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

E.M. Forster said of Virginia Woolf, “She pushed the light of the English language a little further against the darkness.” First published in 1927 To The Lighthouse is one of Woolf’s most beloved and luminous novels, a close study of the Ramsay family and their friends holidaying at their summer house on the Isle of Skye. Taking place almost entirely inside the minds of various members of the group, Woolf plays with perspective and perception to present her reader with not only a long view but also a profound understanding of her characters and family life. Original, thoughtful and a work of art, much to discuss! Margaret Norwich studied liberal arts at Vassar College, New York and read English at Girton College, Cambridge. She has worked in publishing, higher education and the voluntary sector. She lectured on English Language & Literature for many years at Bedford College/De Montfort University and was Tutor/Organiser for the WEA in Bedfordshire. Her interests include the poetry of Sylvia Plath, the novels of Hilary Mantel, the plays of Tom Stoppard, and the redemptive power of art, music and literature.

Yoga 5/6/24 – 10/7/24 (6 weeks)

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Tutor: Sarah Neale
Wednesdays from 13:30 to 14:30
5th Jun 2024
£42.00 per 6 weeks term.

This yoga class will serve as an introduction, each week building on what is learned. Sessions will consider the underlying philosophy for up to 15 minutes, continue with an exploration of poses and flow, and end with a relaxation. Sarah Neale is a Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Massage Therapist and a Group Fitness Instructor, teaching classes at various gyms in the North Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire areas, and online. She combines these skills with a wealth of life experience to offer an holistic approach to wellness. Sarah says, “My goal is to guide my clients as they find their way on their journey to a positive, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.”

Paul Simon : His Life, Times, and Music – 5 Weeks – 06/06/24

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Tutor: Stephen Barnard
Thursdays from 13:30 to 15:30
6th Jun 2024
£70.00 per 5 weeks term.

Almost alone among the musicians to emerge from the American folk scene in the 1960s, Paul Simon never stood still. After breaking with Art Garfunkel at the peak of their hugely successful partnership in 1970, he embraced styles and genres on the fringes of the musical mainstream such as gospel, reggae and South African kwela and marabi. In this course we’ll explore Simon’s many songs, albums, collaborations and projects to try to define what makes him one of the most creative and compelling singer-songwriters of the last 60 years. What to Bring : Pen and notebook Stephen spent 21 years as a specialist writer with Reader’s Digest before going freelance in 1999. He has been writing and lecturing on broadcasting, film and popular music on a part-time basis for over 30 years. He has run courses for the WEA, De Montfort University, the City University, and a number of Hertfordshire arts groups, His five published books include ‘Studying Radio’, the standard academic textbook on the subject.

Criminal Psychology – 06/06/24 – 6 Weeks

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Tutor: Lesley Ayres
Thursdays from 19:00 to 21:00
6th Jun 2024
£84.00 per 6 weeks term.

A course for those who are curious about what causes some people to commit crimes and would like to find out more about the psychology of crime and criminal behaviour Topics to be covered: · Are we biological programmed to commit crime? · Are we psychologically programmed to commit crime? · Personality Disorder? · Offender profiling · Eyewitness Testimony – does it work? · False confessions · What happens in the courtroom? Lesley Ayres studied Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton and then went on to gain her MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology from the University of East London. Later she gained her PGCE and is passionate about teaching Psychology as a subject for general interest. She has worked as a trainer and assessor and brings her experience in these areas to her courses at The Letchworth Settlement.