Social and Political Issues

Ref: C2339077

This course explores the issues raised by the results of the General Election and re-positioning of the parties, the ongoing Brexit process, implications for our future international relations and for UK democracy, and other current issues and those of particular interest to students.

Course aim

To enable students to follow and discuss current affairs and spot flaws in arguments. To explore current social & political issues and concerns. To assess the degree of democracy in our political system and how it could be improved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for two kinds of people (a) those with little knowledge of but an interest in politics and willingness to learn, and (b) those with some knowledge of politics who wish to debate and to explore different views.

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

  • Participate in discussion of current social and political issues from an informed position.
  • Consider their own political stance and reach informed political opinions and choices.
  • Improve the quality of their active citizenship, and engage in further political activity if so desired, from an informed position.

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
  • Interactive sessions, with open questions/answers, group discussion/debate, with opportunity to focus on topics of special individual interest and opportunities to do further research on a chosen topic and give a brief presentation to the group.

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
  • Feedback available on student participation in discussion and on any research presented in the sessions.

What else do I need to know?

  • A note book and pen would be helpful, and a file or folder for handouts.

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
  • No textbook is necessary but the following are recommended for reading around the topics discussed:- http://www.opendemocracy.net/home http://www.guardian.co.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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • During the course, the tutor will offer information and advice about further opportunities for learning. Progression routes to academic study and qualifications, or to community social/political involvement will also be discussed if so desired.

Download full course outline

Social and Political Issues 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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