Thinking for Yourself - Philosophy

Ref: C3671438

The modular sessions will be in the form of seminars, exploring historical and current philosophical issues through example, reference and a lot of discussion. This is a very interactive course.

Additional information about this course

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Course aim

To introduce, and expand upon, some of the terminology and methodology utilised in the pursuit of philosophical investigation. To introduce various aspects of the world of philosophy

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone with an open, enquiring mind.

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

  • Understand and articulate the principle that there are often no answers, only further questions
  • Demonstrate the ability to employ and deploy those questions
  • Formulate such questions and arguments needed to live "the examined life (Socrates)"
  • Systematically and logically pursue my own interests and enthusiams

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
  • The main approach is as a seminar with much group discussion. Private, out of class exploration is encouraged

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All that is needed is an open, enquiring mind - although a notebook might be useful

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
  • A life-long quest for a deeper understanding of the wonderful world around us.

Download full course outline

Thinking for Yourself - Philosophy Course Outline

Conditions

You can 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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