Centre for Open studies

Centre for Open studies

Courses for adults

Archaeology, Classical Studies and Egyptology

Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia

Ancient Egypt in 8 objects from Scottish museums

Experience Ancient Egypt through our very own Scottish collections. Each week we’ll focus on one object from a museum in Scotland to explore all sorts of little-known and unusual facets of ancient Egyptian culture and society. Throughout the course, we’ll study some genuine Egyptian objects from the Hunterian’s rich collections. You can either attend this course in person or online!

Angela McDonald MA MPhil DPhil and Claire Gilmour MA Mlitt
26090 £83.00
14.00-16.00 Wednesdays from 7 May 2014
(8 meetings)

Sumerian for beginners

Come along as a complete beginner (or with rusty experience!) and learn how to read Sumerian inscriptions of ancient Mesopotamian kings written in cuneiform (wedge-shaped) script. We also investigate Sumerian culture through archaeology, art and texts. Sumerian, the world’s oldest written language, was spoken in Mesopotamia (Iraq) in the third millennium BCE. Reading Sumerian opens the door to a rich and amazing ancient world. This course serves as an introduction for beginners and a next step for those who took it two years ago, including new texts.

Frances Reynolds BA PhD
26205 £60.00
18.00-21.00 Monday 14 July - Thursday 17 July 2014
(4 meetings)

Archaeology, including Later Antiquity and the Middle Ages

The Scourge of God: the Vikings in Europe and beyond

Using historical and archaeological evidence, this course follows the Vikings’ movements throughout Europe, the Baltic and Middle East and across the North Atlantic. Students will examine written sources, artefacts and archaeological sites to better understand how people lived and died during the Viking Age, as well as the legacy of the Vikings.

Oliver O’Grady MA (Joint Hons), MPhil, PhD, FSA Scot
22576 £107.00
18.00-20.00 Wednesdays from 7 May 2014
(11 meetings)

Early medieval sculpture in Scotland and Ireland - HALF-DAY EVENT

This half day offers an introduction to some of the most significant examples of sculpture from early medieval Scotland and Ireland – high crosses, hogbacks, Pictish stones and the St Andrews and Govan sarcophagi. Where are they found, what does their iconography mean and what do they tell us about society and culture in the 4th-12th centuries AD? The course will be followed by an optional visit to see some examples of the stonework discussed.

Claire Gilmour MA Mlitt
26101 £18.00
10.00-14.00 Wednesdays from 11 June 2014
(1 meeting)

An introduction to archaeological field survey

The Association of Certificated Field Archaeologists (ACFA) was founded by graduates of the CFA at the University of Glasgow in 1987. Its members conduct field surveys (over 100 to date) all over Scotland. This course, taught by members of ACFA, introduces participants to the art of locating, surveying and recording archaeological features in the landscape. Over the course of a weekend, you will not only learn about the processes and equipment involved in archaeological fieldwork, you will have the chance to gain practical experience of both in the field. This course is ideal for anyone interested in taking the Certificate of Field Archaeology. Places are limited, so early booking is recommended. This course will be available for booking early in 2014.

2226 £TBA
10.00-16.00 each day Saturday 24 - Sunday 25 May 2014
(2 meetings)

Classical Studies

Roads to Orthodoxy? Christianities and Heresies (AD 33 – 451)

How did the Roman world become Christian? The road from the polytheistic world to that of one true God and faith faced many stumbling blocks along the way. This course will explore the many different ‘Christianities’ that appeared on that road and consider how these became defined as heresies – political necessity, cultural practice or purity of faith?

Lindsay H Thomson MA Mlitt
26267 £83.00
14.00-16.00 Thursdays from 15 May 2014
(8 meetings)


History of Art

J.D Fergusson and the Arts of Independence

This half-day event will begin with the consideration of the life of John Duncan Fergusson, then open out to the relation between the arts and politics in Scotland, especially from the late 19th Century to the early 21st centuries. Specific study will include works by J.D Fergusson, Hugh MacDiarmid, Ronald Center and Ralph Vaughan Wlliams

Alan Riach BA PhD and Alexander Moffat RSA
26740 £12.00
14.00-16.00 Tuesday 24 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Going Dutch: 17th century Dutch painting at Kelvingrove Art Gallery - Half-day event

Kelvingrove Art Gallery houses the largest public collection of seventeenth century Dutch paintings in Scotland. A range of works from the Dutch Golden Age and links with Scotland will be explored, including Rembrandt’s acknowledged masterpiece and Ruisdael’s shimmering landscape, displayed to advantage in a beautifully refurbished room. Please meet in the main hall of Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

Ailsa Turner BA PGCE
26096 £10.00
10.30-12.30 Wednesday 11 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Practical Art

Absolute beginners: an introduction to portrait drawing

This course introduces the absolute beginner to accurate drawing of the human head. The student will learn about proportion and perspective, line, tone texture and colour and how to use various drawing techniques and media. In a series of simple lessons and demonstrations the students will learn how to draw the human head from various angles. A fee will be charged for the model. Materials are not provided. Beginner to accurate drawing of the human head. The student will learn about proportion and perspective, line, tone texture and colour and how to use various drawing techniques and media. In a series of simple lessons and demonstrations the students will learn how to draw the human head from various angles. A fee will be charged for

Maggie Ramage DA
1978 £190.00
10.00-16.00 Monday-Friday from 16 June 2014
(5 meetings)

Absolute beginners: learn to draw in a week

This course introduces the absolute beginner to 'seeing' and drawing accurately. The student will learn how to use a variety of drawing techniques and drawing media. The course will consider themes such as portraiture and still life in a variety of styles related to line, tone, shape, form and colours. Materials are not provided.

Maggie Ramage DA
1983 £190.00
10.00-16.00 Monday-Friday from 9 June 2014
(5 meetings)

Counselling Skills

Counselling Skills-Other

Counselling skills taster session

Are you interested in the skills used by counsellors to help people? Participation in this session will provide you with a better idea about whether you would like to, or are ready to, embark on a counselling skills training course with all that entails. This is an excellent one day taster session to help you explore these listening and communication skills.

Caterina O'Connor MA CQSW CASS DipCPS DipTP
19054 £25.00
10.00-16.00 Saturday 24 May 2014
(1 meeting)

Summer school in counselling skills

This course offers entry level students with or without prior training or experience in using counselling skills, the opportunity to spend five days working with accredited trainers to develop communication and counselling skills. This is an ideal course for those who want to explore and develop their listening and responding skills and/or explore their suitability for a career in counselling without committing to initial lengthy courses. Individuals will have the opportunity to enhance their own personal and professional development.

Richard Michael McCalmont BA BACP Counsellor and Caterina O'Connor MA CQSW CASS DipCPS DipTP
19555 £130.00
10.00-15.00 Monday-Friday, 16-20 June 2014
(5 meetings)

History, International Affairs and Politics

European and World

D Day, June 1944: 70 years on

D-Day, 6 June 1944, occurred seventy years ago. This half-day event will look at the cross-Channel invasion - Operation 'Overlord' - in which British, Canadian, and American forces began the liberation of France and the Low Countries. It will also consider the Red Army's offensive in Belarus - Operation 'Bagration' - which opened two weeks later, on 22 June. Little known in Britain, this attack broke the back of the German army in Russia, and opened the way to Eastern Europe. How did the Wehrmacht attempt to deal with this dual threat from west and east, and which operation was ultimately more important in the defeat of Nazi Germany?

Evan Mawdsley BA MA PhD and Ben Shepherd BA MA PhD
19111 £18.00
10.00-13.00 Saturday 7 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Scottish, Irish and Local

The Highland clearances revisited

What is meant by the Highland Clearances? Are there other reasons for depopulation? Was emigration always forced and cruel? To which period do we refer when mentioning the Highland Clearances? Come along and look at at least 30 factors which one should take into account when using that term.

Margaret Anderson MA MSc
26128 £10.00
10.00-12.30 Thursday 26 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Who were the Covenanters?

In a recent poll by the BBC, viewers and experts alike placed the Covenanters among the top ten Scottish history topics. But who were the Covenanters? What were they fighting for? What impact did they have on seventeenth century Scotland? We will consider royalism; the absentee monarchy; religion; interaction between Scotland, England and Ireland; and the importance of oaths.

Kirsty McAlister BA PGCE PhD
26124 £18.00
10.00-13.00 Wednesday 9 July 2014
(1 meeting)

Tommy’s war: a first World War diary

This class explores the Home Front in Glasgow during the First World War, as recorded in the diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone, a shipping clerk who lived in Govanhill and worked in the city centre. His daily musings – published as “Tommy’s War: A First World War Diary” – show both a city devoted to supporting the war effort and a family doing their best in trying circumstances.

Ronnie Scott BA MPhil PhD
26133 £18.00
10.00-16.00 Tuesday 5 August 2014

Who was Mary, Queen of Scots? Day: Wednesday

This course will examine Mary, Queen of Scots, one of the most prominent females in Scottish history. We will discuss her life and times before analysing her reputation during her own lifetime and since her death. We will learn how Mary has been manipulated over the years to suit the particular needs of individuals and group.

Kirsty McAlister BA PGCE PhD
26125 £18.00
10.00-13.00 Wednesday 16 July 2014
(1 meeting)

Who were the Jacobites?

Often the subject of romanticism and myth, the Jacobites remain intriguing and compelling. This class will provide students with an understanding of the origins and impact of the Jacobite movement, and will place Scotland’s experience firmly within its wider British and European context. Was the failure of Jacobitism inevitable?

Kirsty McAlister BA PGCE PhD
26129 £18.00
10.00-13.00 Thursday 10 July 2014
(1 meeting)

Walks around Glasgow 7

Come and find out about the city which is about to host the Commonwealth Games. This is the 7th series of walks due to demand by students. We are moving steadily away from the city centre and finding lots of interesting sides to the city as we do so. This series will look at another side of Bridgeton, at Queen's Park area, Kelvinside (west of Kirklee Road), Ibrox area towards Dumbreck, and further South Side areas. Some of these have always been residential areas, others industrial, and one area has been farmland and then parkland. We can even feature Mary, Queen of Scots this time!! There is no need for students to have done such walks before but they should prepare for the terrain and weather with suitable strong clothing and footwear; there will be hills involved at times. Please avoid umbrellas.

Margaret Anderson MA MSc
19091 £63.00 (£)
10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00 Thursdays from 15 May 2014
(6 meetings)

Stirling and its battles

Stirling’s site at the only crossing place of the Forth in a wide area of marshland led to there being a series of key battles in Scotland’s history. We celebrate Bannockburn this year but Stirling Bridge, Sauchieburn, Sheriffmuir and the two battles of Falkirk all have a similar context. This course will look at these battles and why they were fought and why fought there.

Margaret Anderson MA MSc
26123 £10.00
10.00-12.30 Tuesday 24 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Bannockburn 1314 - winning a nation?

The stunning victory of Robert Bruce over the English at Bannockburn was a watershed in the struggle for Scottish independence, but it is shrouded in myths and popular misconceptions - even the location of the battlefield is hotly debated. This day event will strip away these myths and look at the reality of Scotland’s greatest triumph over the ‘auld enemy’. Placing the battle firmly within the world of medieval chivalry, we will look at why, where, and how the battle was fought and discuss its overall significance for Scottish national identity, past and future.

Patrick J F Parsons MA PGCE
26161 £25.00
10.00-16.00 Saturday 21 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Scotland and the First World War: war and the civilian population

This second half-day event will consider the effect of the war on Scotland and include: the effect of voluntary enlistment and the military service acts on industrial output; the ‘dilution’ of the labour force by women; ‘red Clydeside’ and rent strikes; food rationing and social restriction; the opposition to the war; and loss and commemoration.

Craig Haggart PhD MA
26126 £10.00
13.30-16.00 Tuesday 3 June 2014
(1 meeting)

Secession, self-determination and independence: Scotland in historical and comparative context

This one day event will examine the nature of secessionist movements and evaluate the history of self-determination in an historical and comparative context since 1917. It will discuss movements that have been successful and those that failed. Special attention will be paid to cases where secession has been achieved peacefully. We will ask why the international community is so reluctant to accept secession and investigate whether it is possible to establish rules that would allow secession to be achieved without violence. Scotland will be placed in a comparative context with other secessionist movements such as Quebec and Catalonia

Brian Girvin BA MA PhD FRHS
26162 £25.00
10.00-16.00 Saturday 17 May 2014
(1 meeting)

Scotland and the First World War: mobilising for war - Half-day event

We will examine Scotland’s contribution to the British war effort to include: the above average proportion of fighting men in the British Army; the provision of home bases for the Royal Navy; the development of aeroplanes and airships; the commandeering of merchant shipping for wartime service; and an industrial output increasingly diverted to war production.

Craig Haggart PhD MA
26100 £10.00
10.00-12.30 Tuesday 3 June 2014
(1 meeting)

National identity in Scotland

This one day event will consider the issue of national identity in Scotland from an historical, social and political perspective. We shall examine Scottish society and the Scottish political system and look at how national identity underpins our institutions, behaviours and political outcomes. This course will provide insight into the nature of contemporary Scotland, important in the light of the 2014 referendum.

Murray Stewart Leith BA MA PhD and Duncan Sim BA PhD
19125 £25.00
10.00-16.00 Saturday 7 June 2014
(1 meeting)



Irish Gaelic for beginners

This is a taster class for people new to Irish Gaelic, where useful phrases will be learned in a friendly atmosphere through pair/group work. The language will be put into context with cultural background, folklore and songs, touching on the different dialects.

Alison Ní Dhorchaidhe
26206 £10.00
10.00-12.00 Saturday 24 May 2014
(1 meeting)

Ulpan Level 1 (Units 1-24)

26744 £200.00
9.30-12.45 Monday 4 August - Saturday 16 August
(12 meetings)

Ulpan Level 1 (Units 25-48)

26746 £200.00
9.30-12.45 Monday 4 August - Saturday 16 August
(12 meetings)

Ulpan Level 1 (Units 49-72)

26749 £200.00
9.30-12.45 Monday 4 August - Saturday 16 August
(12 meetings)


Spanish Stage 1

A course for complete beginners in which useful structures and language learning will be practised through paired/group activities, role-play, games, songs etc. By the end of Stage 1 students will be able to handle everyday situations in Spanish (mainly in the present tense), and be able to talk a bit about the future and be introduced to the past tenses.

To be advised
26157 £200.00
13.00-15.30 Tuesdays and Fridays from 27 May 2014
(16 meetings)

Spanish Stage 2

For students who have completed Stage 1 or equivalent. Talking about various experiences in the past; telling fortunes; situations/vocabulary identified by students; the preterite, perfect, imperfect and future tenses.

Victoria Reina Gil
26158 £200.00
10.00-12.30 Tuesdays and Fridays from 27 May 2014
(16 meetings)

Literature, Creative Writing and Film

Creative Writing

Write a short story

In this course we will look at aspects of the short story such as structure, narrative techniques and themes. There will be discussion of some published short stories and students will have the opportunity to experiment through writing exercises. By the end of the class each student will have written a new short story.

Pamela Ross BA Mlitt
26228 £18.00
10.00-14.00 Monday 4 August 2014
(1 meeting)


Spring in a Small Town: Chinese Film Day

From 12.45-16.00, students will attend a screening of the film 'Spring in a Small Town' and then from 16.00-18.00 a clas will be held at the St Andrew's Building where students and tutor, Pieter Van der Houwen will discuss the film.

Pieter Van der Houwen
26751 £32.00
12.45-18.00 Monday 30 June 2014
(1 meeting)


Mindfulness, Buddhism, health

Mindfulness is valuable for anyone wishing to open the door to a fuller, richer experience of life. It’s a way of waking from the half-life of habit, knee-jerk reaction and limiting self-views, allowing individuals to engage with a more active, conscious role in life. Drawn from the Buddhist meditation tradition Mindfulness is fast gaining respect in the worlds of healthcare, business, and sport as a way to enhance wellbeing and effectiveness.

Richard Michael McCalmont BA BACP Counsellor
26137 £104.00
10.00-15.00 Monday - Thursday from 02/06/2014
(4 meetings)



Weighing the Earth on Schiehallion, Perthshire

Schiehallion is a hill in Perthshire, Scotland, that was used for a ground-breaking attempt to estimate the mass of the Earth in 1774 by Nevil Maskelyne. This involved measuring the precise position of stars high on the slopes of the hill and the invention of contours to describe its shape. We will explore - partly in the classroom and on a full day’s visit to the actual hill - the history and science behind this fascinating experiment. The class will meet at Schiehallion in Perthshire.

Andrew Conway BSc PhD FRAS
26208 £35.00
19.00-21.00 and 10.00-16.00 Wednesday and Saturday from 18 June 2014
(2 meetings)


Birdsong identification

As spring approaches we awaken to the dawn chorus welcoming the new day. Why do the birds sing so cheerfully? How do they produce such variety of song? Which bird produces which call? This short course will answer all these questions and more.

Stewart White PhD PGCE(FE)
2101 £24.00 (£)
Mon 19 May 2014 19.00-21.00 & Sat 24 May 2014 06.30-08.30
(2 meetings)

Marine mammal field course

This course will introduce you to the diversity, behaviour and ecology of seals, whales and dolphins. We focus on learning how to identify and record the behaviour of UK species and study how they are adapted to their aquatic existence. The course includes lectures, laboratory sessions and field work in the Firth of Clyde. The course is residential (full board £650, 12-19 July 2014) and is based at the Field Studies Council Millport field Station http://www.field-studies_council.org/centres/millport.aspx . This course involves part-time and full-time students from four participating UK universities. Fees: £214.00 + Field Course Costs: £436 (full board) £100.00 deposit on enrolment and full costs paid 2 months prior to field course.

Dominic McCafferty PhD and others
1478 £214.00 + Field Course Costs
Residential 12-19 July 2014 (Residential)

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