Just What is - Democracy,Citizenship,Freedom,Equality,Solidarity and Diversity?

Ref: C3529055

Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Equality, Solidarity and Diversity are all terms that are bandied about in political debates. These are causes that wars have been fought over and many have died for them; but what do these terms really mean, and what do they mean to us? In this course, we will investigate how these, and other similar words are used, both by those with power and those without. To participate, you need not be widely read, nor possess specialist knowledge. All you need is a willingness to examine your own experience and use of language in the company of others, the wider the range of experiences and backgrounds within the group the more meanings we can discover and examine. You can use this course to help develop the thinking skills required for further study or simply to enjoy stimulating conversation and the realisation that these topics are all open to interpretation and debate, one that you can take part in.

Course aim

• To appreciate the diverse meanings of these commonly used terms. • To understand the assumptions and different perspectives behind them. • To take part as an equal in discussions about these terms.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for all levels of ability and no prior educational experience is required. Everyone is welcome.

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

  • Recognize that these words have different meanings and intrepretations that are open to debate.
  • Understand that behind the different meanings are different sets of assumptions, often with links to different political ideologies.
  • Develop thinking skills that help you to less easily be taken in those using these words.
  • Feel more confident in your own ability to understand complex ideas.
  • Take part in discussions about these terms as an equal.

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
  • No set work to do at home but lots of opportunities for further learning including suggested reading, web-sources and video materials.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • There will also be opportunities for discussion with other students and to share ideas and experiences.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • Just bring an open mind.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • A useful preparation for any course that requires thinking critically. Particularly useful for Social Science, Sociology, Politics and Philosophy.

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Just What is - Democracy,Citizenship,Freedom,Equality,Solidarity and Diversity?


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