Current Affairs: Talking politics

Ref: C2224498

The dominant topic in politics is Brexit and we shall examine progress made so far, especially under the new government. there are manyu other issues in the news too - terrorism, Syria, power sharing in northern Ireland, economic consequences of PFI's in the public sector; we'll also discuss whether the the UK is a world power. the course programme will be discussed with students when the course starts; the tutor will provide handouts a week in advance and students are encouraged to bring in articles they find informative. Come and join our lively discussions.

Course aim

This course aims to analyse and discuss topical issues in politics and current affairs, both in the UK and foreign affairs.

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:

  • Identify the main issues in the Brexit discussions between the UK government and the EU.
  • Analyse the possible reasons for the radicalisation of some British nationals, especially in the light of the government's Prevent strategy.
  • Identify the reasons why former Conservative and Labour governments embarked on ambitious PFI schemes and analyse the consequences.
  • List the attributes a country needs to be identified as a 'world power', and suggest which countries fulfill these criteria.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Students should read newspapers and watch/listen to TV and radio programmes to broaden class discussions.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students may wish to bring paper, pens if they wish to make notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Hopefully students will keep up to date with current affairs.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Students may wish to progress to formal study of government and politics through college and university. Students will gain more confidence in expressing their views and may wish to join debates in political parties and pressure groups.

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Current Affairs: Talking politics


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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