Adventures in Thinking - An Introduction to Philosophy

Ref: C3671380

This course provides an entertaining and accessible, but challenging, introduction to philosophy and philosophers. We will experience the excitement of looking at familiar phenomena (objects,concepts,beliefs) afresh, as though encountering them for the first time. We will look beneath the surface of the everyday, asking the most profound questions that it is possible to ask. We are likely to find ourselves questioning some of our own long-held beliefs and developing new ones. It is absolutely fine to disagree (with others and with ourselves!) in philosophy - in fact it's warmly encouraged. We will find fun and delight but also some unsettlement in philosophical activity. Our discussions and activities will take place in a safe and friendly environment contained by ground rules. Current ideas, social, political, religious and scientific will be discussed and we shall try out using philosophical tools which help us distinguish between the rubbish and the useful.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to philosophy and philosophers, and thinking skills which will be of value in participants' personal and work lives.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Exchange my views with others with increased confidence.
  • Examine my own ideas with greater clarity.
  • Distinguish between poor views and better ones (for example as expressed by the media) with greater clarity

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
  • 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

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
  • 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

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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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