How Are We Governed? Constitution, Crown and Parliament 1966-2016

Ref: C3741192

We shall review the changes to the UK's political and constitutional processes introduced since 1966, with particular reference to Parliament, citizens' rights, and devolution, We shall also consider proposed changes to those processes, such as electoral reform, abolition or reform of the House of Lords, more local and direct democracy.

Course aim

To understand how the British constitutional system has evolved since 1966 and review how it might be further improved

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • Anyone interested in how we are governed and what rights and opportunities we have as citizens

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

  • Give an account of constitutional changes in Britain in the last 50 years
  • demonstrate an understanding of proposals for changes in the way we are governed
  • Critique both our current processes and the proposals for changing them

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

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • Background reading such as Jones & Norton's book Politics UK will be helpful

What can I do next?

  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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How Are We Governed? Constitution, Crown and Parliament 1966-2016


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