Philosophy

Ref: C2523071

This Philosophy course is called Big Ideas. It is a course which takes in politics, philosophy, sociology, psychology and many sciences. It takes the ideas and work of a specific thinker and uses these as a framework for discussion and examination -- with special relevance to how we live our lives in the 21st Century. The course takes in lots of discussion and is very participative.

Course aim

a) Familiarise participants with the major concepts concerning politics, philosophy, science, sociology, anthropology and education b) Develop skills in clear discussion and debate.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers - Participants should be able to communicate in English.

What topics will this course cover

- 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 - There will be emphasis on participation throughout, especially through small group tasks, discussion and focussed debate. You will be encouraged to read outside of class time, but this is not essential.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 - Via verbal feedback from the tutor and peers, and their own self-assessment on a periodic basis.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- All materials will be provided - A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you - It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.) - Access to the Internet (via computer or mobile device) would be greatly advantageous. Also an email account.

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful - Reading materials are circulated via email three days before the relevant session. See also handout resources at: www.beagroves.net (Click 'Handouts' at top of page, and the click the category 'WEA')

What could the course lead to?

- 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 - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/ - Students may progress on to Level 3 (and above) courses in philosophy and/or politics offered by local FE or HE institutions. For further progression options, needs should be discussed with the tutor.

Download full course outline

Philosophy 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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