Contemporary Issues - Part 2

Ref: C2419147

Philoosphy: Contemporary Issues Part 2 continues to examine and critically discuss issues that affect our lives and perceptions of ourselves within society. In this second part of the course we examine in particular different concepts of nationalism and concepts of multiculturalism. We shall also continue to pursue questions of individual identity and meaning within these broader contexts.

Course aim

This course is Part 2 of Philosophy: Contemporary Issues. It will focus especially on issues of identity with society and on a global scale.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Follow critical lines of reasoning and engage with philosophical arguments.
  • Be familiar and proficient in the use of philosophical vocabulary
  • Be further able to support and critique philosophical arguments
  • Be able to think laterally
  • Be able and willing to be critical about one's own assumptions and perspectives.

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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • Bring pen and paper/laptop

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Chapters 1-3 Charles Taylor The Ethics of Authenticity

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

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Contemporary Issues - Part 2


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