Current Affairs

Ref: C3671423

A discussion-based course looking at social, political, environmental and ethical issues, in the UK and world-wide. Specific topics will be agreed with the group as the course progresses, according to their interests and current knowledge. Each session will have one main topic for discussion; sometimes this will extend into a second week. Most sessions will also start with a shorter "News Of The Week" section, where a small number of students each week will bring a news item, and which the class will then discuss briefly. We may look at both topical issues and some wider questions, possibly including their history in some cases. The general approach will be to look beyond the surface aspects of issues as they may appear in the mass media, and to encourage a questioning attitude. Tutor's website;

Course aim

To explore through discussion current social, environmental, political and ethical issues, in the UK and world-wide.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous special knowledge is necessary, but students must be able to listen to the opinions of others, and give their own views, in a calm and non-confrontational manner!

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

  • Develop awareness of some current social, political, environmental and/or ethical issues.
  • Increase understanding of the historical or social background to some aspects of current affairs (i.e. regarding this term's topics).
  • Identify significant aspects of issues discussed during the term.
  • Comment critically on some social, political, environmental and/or ethical issues.

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
  • Each week 3 students will be asked to bring a short topic for a "News of the Week" section. Otherwise, it is largely up to students as to whether or not they research any discussion topics outside of class time.

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
  • There is no formal assessment (i.e. no exams!). Informal assessment and feedback on progress will be largely via discussion with the tutor, and by use of the WEA learning record forms

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Resources may be suggested during the course according to the topics chosen.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • The course aims to give learners confidence to discuss issues, and to enable them to question and develop their own views and beliefs.

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Current Affairs

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