How Does Parliament Work? Including a Trip to Westminster

Ref: C2337853

Beyond the rituals and the theatre of Westminster, you will acquire a working knowledge of how Parliament works in relation to government and how people can have an influence on what happens. We will explore our unwritten constitution concentrating on the House of Commons, examine the many roles of an MP, have a quick look at the House of Lords, discover how to influence decisions, understand the passage of a Parliamentary bill and the various stages of statute law-making, assess the party system incluing a look at the numbers game, discuss the role of the whips, plus an optional visit to Westminster.

Course aim

The course will give a working knowledge of how Parliament works in relation to government and how people can have an influence on what happens.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • outline the UK constitution
  • describe the roles of an MP
  • explain how statute law is made
  • describe the role of Party whips and usual channels
  • have a working knowledge of how to influence debate and decisions

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Suggestions for background reading/exploration: How Parliament Works by Robert Rogers and Rhodri Walters Parliament and the law (The Open University) https://www.parliament.uk/

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

How Does Parliament Work? Including a Trip to Westminster Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online 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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