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 2022

The title represents a popular phrase, used mainly by promoters of anarchist ideas. Appropriately, there is a lively debate about its origin! Both anarchism, and atheism / deism are frequently portrayed as threatening forms of idealism. But this simplistic view does little to to truly convey the extraordinary depth of thinking behind “libertarianism”. Both the political left, and the right lay claim to libertarian principles, and that difficulty will be discussed – in depth! In many ways, several of these ideas are a continuation of 18th century Enlightenment thinking – that what is important is developing self-belief in one’s ability to make informed decisions and judgments, rather than just blindly accepting the beliefs of others. Individual liberty, the self, the church, the state, political systems ……. all of the relationships between these aspects of civil society will be examined, and discussed

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Course ID: C2228309
Tutor: Chad Goodwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Tuesday 22 February
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details

With tedious regularity, articles appear in the press posing the question: “Are women funny?” Stupid question. Yes. Yes, they are. Indeed, women have been fundamental in the development of comedy as both a genre and an art form. From the stages of music hall and vaudeville, figures such as Mae West moved onto film and caused scandal by challenging what was acceptable. In the early days of television, the most popular star was Lucille Ball, paving the way for strong female characters in situation comedies. Alternative comedy in the 1980s pushed the boundaires even further with the arrival of acts like French and Saunders. This course will look at how women helped shape comedy by focusing on the key funny ladies. As well as those mentioned above, the talents and influence of Joyce Grenfell and Victoria Wood will be explored, together with recent developments in comedy with the stand-up of Bridget Christie and sitcoms like Alma’s Not Normal. Oh, and George… don’t do that!

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Course ID: C2228556
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 23 February
Times: 10.00 am - 12 noon
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details

The eastern counties have a rich and colourful history of very strange tales. For instance, does a phantom black dog haunt the coastlines and countryside? Did this same dog attack Bungay church in 1577? Centuries earlier, did green children from a subterranean world visit the Suffolk village of Woolpit? More recently, why did the owls of Swaffham suddenly start to glow in the dark? And does the ghost of a monk haunt the stage of the Maddermarket Theatre? There are plenty more apparitions of ghosts, plus numerous tales of giants, rains of fish and periwinkles and other assorted unidentified flying objects. This course will explore the most intriguing of these stories: the strangest, the spookiest and the just plain daft. It will attempt to separate the folklore from fact while trying to get to the truth of what really happened. As the phrase goes: the truth is out there…


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Course ID: C2228557
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Wednesday 23 February
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details

How Europe discovered the world. We shall look at the great voyages of discovery from the 15th to 19th centuries considering why and how they were undertaken, the people involved, and what they achieved.

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Course ID: C2228340
Tutor: Charles H Lewis
Dates: 10 weeks starting Sunday 24 April
Times: 10.00 am - 12.00
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details

During the 1960s the French Nouvelle Vague (“New Wave”) revolutionised world cinema by tearing up the rulebook. Film was now seen as a medium of personal expression and experimentation, leading to the rise of the “auteur” with directors such as Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. This course will explore the factors which led to the emergence of the Nouvelle Vague, how it differed from the cinematic norms of the time, and the key figures within the movement. Furthermore, it will examine how the Nouvelle Vague influenced filmmaking across the world and what happened to French cinema in its aftermath. Plus, of course, some of the most innovative, exciting and joyous films ever made. Fantastique!

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Course ID: C2228342
Tutor: Nigel Herwin
Dates: 5 weeks starting Tuesday 26 April
Times: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich NR1 1PH   Venue details


Norwich Branch Courses
Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022


Update on Learning with Norwich WEA 

As we - fingers crossed! - move towards our usual  face-to-face  programme in the Autumn of 2021, we'd like to thank all our students who have 

The Spring programme for 2022 is now  under way and it is  great to see old friends and new students in a face to face class again.


Your safety at the King’s Centre:

All classes will be in the large Conference Room 2, well ventilated and with a social distance of 1 metre and the wearing of masks will be encouraged .    One of the Norwich Branch committee will be there to take a NHS ‘Test and Trace’ log of all those attending.   Of course requirements at the Kings are provisional and there may be fewer restrictions or, worst case, a reinstatement of stricter restrictions.  We will keep all enrolled students up to date with requirements.


Spring Programme 2022 

Most of the spring programme is now confirmed and bookings are still open;.  Details can be found under 'Courses' which will be updated as necessary - unfortunately we have had to cancel two Zoom courses as there were insufficient numbers signed up; perhaps wer are all  zoomed-out after 18 months of Covid restrictions!   Just a reminder, though, that we need interested students to sign up early as courses are cancelled about a week before the first of the sessions if numbers are low  (necessary to be fair to tutors who put a lot of effort into preparing courses for us).    You can also find courses for all of the region - as well as nationally - by going to the WEA enrolment site.   I

If you prefer to book by telephone - 0300 303 3464 (local rate)  - make sure you have course details and your credit/debit card  to hand

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