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02 December 2009
The University has launched its Spring CHOICES programme of part-time courses, including a wide range of subjects in the Humanities.
Nearly 150 CHOICES courses will be on offer for the Spring and Summer with a very wide range of subjects available for the public to dip into.
The University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning will be offering a new programme of courses in History, Music, Creative Writing and Philosophy, as well as the successful continuing range of courses in Modern Languages, Sciences, Computing, Social Sciences and Business and Management.
The full range of courses is published in the spring edition of the CHOICES prospectus.
Features of the new package include such entirely new courses as the study of French impressionism and the history of the medieval village of Cosmeston, just outside Cardiff.
Writing skills can be developed through a number of courses, including one on writing mass market fiction, taught by Lynne Barrett-Lee, author of seven novels and a weekly columnist for the Western Mail. Creative Writing at the Museum also offers writers the chance to create poetry and prose based around the collections at the National Museum of Wales.
The Music programme has been designed to appeal to people new to the subject and those who already have a sophisticated understanding. This includes a course on the music of Miles Davis, taught by an acknowledged expert in the field, Julian Martin. There are also a number of interdisciplinary courses, including music and Italian cinema and one on overtone chanting. This looks at the historic and religious origins of chanting, and also its physical benefits.
Dr Richard Evans, Dean of the Centre for Lifelong Learning said: "A lot of thought has gone into this spring’s CHOICES programme. We are determined that the new humanities package will succeed and we have designed it to attract as a wide a range of people. Everyone, from beginners in these subjects to those with a more advanced knowledge, should find something to interest them."
The changes to the Humanities provision came following a public consultation earlier this year about a necessary restructuring of the Centre for Lifelong Learning caused by new pay agreements and increased costs. The new package of courses are offered on a trial basis, and the Centre is keen to encourage as many people as possible with an interest in the arts to develop existing knowledge or to try something completely new. Most courses carry credits towards a Cardiff University qualification.
Dr Evans added: "Clearly, the situation at the Centre earlier in the year prompted a lot of comment and discussion from staff, students and many others. We have listened carefully to all the points that were made and responded. We hope that everyone can now get behind the new CHOICES programme and ensure a sustainable future for humanities subjects at the Centre for Lifelong Learning."
All courses are part-time, held during the day, in the evenings or at weekend. Nearly all are open to anyone without any prior qualifications. All you need is an interest in the subject and willingness to learn in the company of others.
More information about the CHOICES programme can be found at www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn . For a free copy of the prospectus, contact the Centre at 029 2087 0000 or LEARN@cardiff.ac.uk .
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