Philosophy: Contempory Issues

Ref: C2419142

This course is an introductory course to elements of philosophy that have influenced much day to day thinking about how we live, what values are important and how to best think about pressing political and ideological issues of our time. The course examines briefly the rise of the importance of reason within a variety of cultures. It looks too at the history of individualism as well as needs for roots, community and identity. An examination of the various meanings and connotations of these words is of key importance especially as the course reaches its conclusion reflecting upon issues of multiculturalism and globalisation. Be assured the debate will be lively, respectful and supportive.

Course aim

The course is designed to enable students to critically reflect upon and engage with key ideas and influences within contemporary society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is open to anyone who would like to attend. However it will be very difficult for someone without a reasonable command of English while every effort will be made to cater for the needs of students.

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

  • Engage with issues of public interest that are political, ideological and philosophical.
  • Be a critical thinker who can formulate their own ideas.
  • Be more able to articulate ideas and concepts.
  • Be more able to offer arguments and reasoning for a wide variety of points of view.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Please bring pen and paper. Nothing further is required.

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
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details

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Philosophy: Contempory Issues Course Outline


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