History courses at Aspire Sussex are designed to be engaging and informative. If you are interested in people, culture and history, we offer a range of courses from the most popular to the completely unique.
This course aims to give learners an introduction to the causes and background of the First World War, key events which determined the outcomes and some of the legacy of the impact of the war. These will be partially illustrated through local examples.
This is the perfect short course for those who would like to gain an insight into garden history dating from 1500 to 1700AD. Find out about the changing role of gardens, the factors influencing their design across different cultures. Learn about key events and the people who shaped gardens, influenced by plant discoveries, religion, economics, art and architecture. Consider their influences on today’s gardens and ideas for your own garden.
This course takes students through the Renaissance period by focussing on the lives of the artists involved. That way we see what socio-political and economic influences there were on their artistic development. We shall also be asking why the Renaissance happened and it’s lasting legacy up until the present day.
This course will describe the range of animals encountered by the Romans, from the familiar cat or dog to the exotic camelopardus. We’ll explore the roles animals played in daily, social and religious life, as evidenced in both literature and art. We’ll discover how animals were cared for in life and death.
The course(s) examine(s) the work of many different artists, including Cezanne, Constable, Ravilious, Spencer, who are closely associated with their local landscapes .
It will identify and survey their biographies, their significance, the status of their landscapes, and its development from a realistic to a more expressive type of painting.
This course will survey the practice of a 19th century movement founded on nature, morality and idealism. It encompassed objects from the everyday to the luxurious; on a scale from architecture to jewellery; and influences our lives today.
Students will examine new aesthetics and ways of working from social reform to new formal ideas, inspiration from nature and truth to materials illustrated by the work of Morris and Webb, Dresser, Ashbee, Voysey and others.
The course aims to introduce you to Ancient Greek and its structure, to increase your appreciation of Greek words still used today and to provide insight into some aspects of life in Ancient Greece. You will be introduced to the Ancient Greek alphabet (reading & writing) and basic vocabulary. Additionally, the aim of the course is to offer students an opportunity to get a taste of the greatest works of Greek Literature. Finally, students will learn to use Ancient Greek as a real, living language and are encouraged to converse in Greek!
The course will cover the ancient Greek alphabet, the ancient Greek accent, the basic structure of ancient Greek sentences, building to an ability to read and translate short passages. Moreover, the course will present an overview of major works of Greek Literature and History.
The course is about the Victorian artists and designers we now call ‘The Pre-Raphaelites’ inspired by writers including Ruskin and Tennyson. It will identify and survey the idealism of key members of early Pre-Raphaelitism, such as Millais, Hunt, Madox Brown and Rossetti, and their later development into later manifestations linked to Morris, Burne-Jones and their influence on the fine and applied arts.