Politics and You

Ref: C2523501

The course will examine the political events from week to week through the analysis of the news via newspapers, tv and radio and a range of social media during the first half of the session .After a coffee break, each week will be linked to a theme to explore in greater depth eg the future of regional devolution, the state of play on Brexit, political developments in the USA. The classes are largely discussion based around inputs from the tutor and debates can become lively but educative occasions!

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To encourage learners to explore how the world of politics at a local, regional, national and international level affects their everyday lives and to promote a critical understanding of the world of politics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand how politics affects my everyday life
  • discuss, freely and with confidence , matters of political interest
  • use and interpret primary source material eg political cartoons

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • 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.)

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

Download full course outline

Politics and You 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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