Current Affairs: Talking politics

Ref: C2224505

What have been the highs and lows of Donald Trump's first year as President of the US? We have access to more information than ever before (via the internet, social media etc.) yet more people feel disconnected and misinformed - why? What is happening in Turkey in their new era of elected dictatorship and how does this impact on Middle Eastern, as well as world, politics? There are many aspects of economic inequality in Britain - how can we address this (if it matters!). All this - and Brexit of course - in our lively Current Affairs classes.

Course aim

In this course we shall analyse and discuss current topics in politics, international relations and current 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:

  • List the achievements of Donald Trump's first year as President of the US.
  • Compare Trump's approach to foreign affairs with his predecessors and discuss his effectiveness in promoting 'America first'.
  • Analyse aspects of inequality in Britain and how the main political parties propose to redress this.
  • Analyse the consequences of Turkey's popular 'dictatorship' on domestic and foreign affairs.

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

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • The tutor will provide handouts to supplement the topics under discussion but students will be expected to keep up to date with current affairs via newspapers, the media.

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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Students will gain in confidence in discussing and expressing their views - they would be able to participate in political parties and pressure groups, both local and national.

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Current Affairs: Talking politics


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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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