Current Affairs

Ref: C2224546

The dominant topic in politics is Brexit and we shall examine progress made so far, especially under the new government. There are many 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 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

The course aims to analyse and discuss current issues in politics 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:

  • 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 with regard to the government's Prevent strategy.
  • Identify the reasons why former Conservative and Labour governments embarked on ambitious PFI schemes and discuss the consequences.
  • List the attributes that are needed to describe a country as a 'World Power' and discuss 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
  • Students will be expected to read newspapers, view TV and radio programmes etc. 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?

  • 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 want to bring paper, pens etc to make notes, and to bring articles to share with the class.

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 would be able to join political organisations, and be more informed to join some pressure groups.

Download full course outline

Current Affairs Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • 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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