Adventures in Thinking - an Introduction to Philosophy

Ref: C3672446

This course provides an introduction to philosophical thinking skills and the ideas of the great philosophers in an entertaining, accessible but challenging way. Participants will find themselves questioning their own ideas about the world, the human mind, matters of right and wrong, and the nature of knowledge itself. This can be both uncomfortable and exciting! We will look at age-old perennial issues as well as contemporary matters, and consider where we might be headed in the future.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to philosophical thinking skills and some of the ideas of the great philosophers.

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 the nature and aims of philosophy as a unique subject and endeavour.
  • Understand and explain the central ideas of ten philosophers in key areas of philosophy.
  • Think more clearly about matters which are often thought of as purely speculative or subjective
  • Feel more confident about distinguishing bad arguments from better ones and challenging prejudice and misinformation.
  • Engage in enjoyable and profitable discussion with other people about controversial issues without feeling intimidated or resorting to personal abuse.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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.)

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Adventures in Thinking - an Introduction to Philosophy

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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