Current Affairs

Ref: C2419073

This course is based very much on topical issues of concern and interest both at home and abroad that are in the broadest sense political. The course engages students in critical debate both about political issues and also about media presentation of these issues. While discussion is sometimes robust it is civilised and safe and one in which students who have diametrically opposed views listen to each other with respect and learn from each other too.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

The course is designed to engage students in a critical study and discussion of politics and current affairs.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The nature of the discussion assumes that participants have a good command of English and a desire and ability to engage with questions of politics and current affairs.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Think critically, spot assumptions, agendas and ambiguities within a news item
  • Have critically thought about the concept of being 'well informed' and the value of the concept.
  • Engage with a wide variety of sources of news and see the value of this diversity.
  • Follow an extended critical discussion news items so as to identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments.
  • Be able to offer extensive lines of argument and critical reflection about a variety of news items and media.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students will be expected to bring to class news items of interest and / or aspects of research into media coverage of news.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Familiarise yourself with news items from the previous week before the class and bring to the first class and news item you would like to discuss or say something about.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Current Affairs


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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