Politics: Current Affairs

Ref: C2419055

Politics: Current Affairs In this course we shall engage in a critical way with news and current affairs. This will involve a great deal of open discussion from the outset about some basic philosophical questions such as: What is the media? What is it for? What is the purpose of news? From what perspective(s) is it possible to ask and answer these questions? What is the relationship between ethics and the media and ethics and the news? We will not avoid controversial topics but focus on news both national and international as well as considering what isn't in the news that perhaps should be there. Students will be encouraged to bring in their own news items and engage with the issues and with each other with integrity and respect.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To engage with questions about the purpose of news and current affairs To critical debate so as to engage fully, meaningfully and critically with a wide range of news items

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course
  • A desire to engage in critical thinking and also to listen as part of this process.

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

  • Think critically, spot assumptions, agendas and ambiguities within a news item.
  • Have critically thought about the concept of being 'well informed' and the value of this concept.
  • Engage with a wide variety of sources of news and see the value of this diversity.
  • Follow an extended critical discussion about news item so as to identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments.
  • Be able to offer extensive lines of argument and critical reflection about a variety of news items and media.

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?

  • Students will be asked to bring one news item to each class. Further instructions will follow but for the first class students are encouraged to bring along a news item of interest to them.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Please bring along to the first class a news item of interest to you.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Politics: Current Affairs Course Outline


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