Beyond Ideologies - Part 1 with Kevin Walker

Ref: C3532569

This course looks at some of the key ideas and beliefs that have influenced politics in the UK and asks how these could be changed to respond to the future. We will try to see if it’s possible to get beyond conflicting interests and strongly held beliefs to create a world we can inhabit together without mutual annihilation. The six sessions will focus on the key assumptions and values associated with Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Nationalism, Fascism, Environmentalism and Feminism. Each session includes a brief presentation of these ideas and a lively discussion of them. This is supported by background materials on Canvas and the opportunity to continue research and discussions between sessions.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the main political ideologies that are influential in the UK and explore these in the context of current events. To discuss the future of political involvement which could go beyond or develop existing ideas or practice.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This is an introductory level course and no previous knowledge or experience is assumed. You do not have to like politics or have any political affiliations to be able to enjoy and participate. Copies of presentation slides and other material will be provided on Canvas.

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

  • Outline some of the big ideas that have had an impact on politics in the UK.
  • Appreciate how the main UK political parties have been influenced by some of these ideas.
  • Understand the nature of ideologies and how these influence the way we think about life.
  • Understand and take part in discussions on how different ideologies have contributed to the political divisions illustrated by some current events.
  • Discuss the future prospects for new forms of political expression in the UK and beyond.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use Zoom. You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You will need a personal email address.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Beyond Ideologies - Part 1 with Kevin Walker

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