An Introduction to Philosophy

Ref: C3840820

Ever had reason to reflect on how your life is going? Then at that moment; you were a philosopher. That is all the greatest of philosophers have ever done. This course looks at the great philosophical issues of Justice, Equality and Meaning. Drawing on philosophers old and new, it attempts to explore those issues. The biggest resource, however, is the life experience of the course participants. Participants will leave the course with a more refined ability to put forward a point of view and a knowledge of the major philosophical strands.

Course aim

This course is an introduction to the basic ideas of philosophy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Frame an argument.
  • Detect the flaws in the arguments of other people.
  • Feel confident about speaking in public.
  • discuss the major philosophical ideas of our times.
  • Take a more informed role in society.

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

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Some past participants have gone on to consider the A Level in Philosophy.

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An Introduction to Philosophy


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