Philosophy: Society and the Individual

Ref: C3840605

Anyone who has a serious thought about their life is a philosopher, at that moment. That is all the greatest of philosophers have done: thought about how people conduct their lives and why they act as they do. The great themes of Justice; Virtue; Equality; Spirituality are concepts that impact the lives of every human being on Earth. This course will give participants time and opportunity to formulate ideas of their own on these great themes. The course is a great chance to meet some like-minded people and socialize in a cultured background.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

This course aims to introduce participants to the basic ideas of modern and classical philosophy.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • participate confidently in discussions.
  • Research and organise information relating to the topics in class.
  • speak with some knowledge on the ideas of classical philosophy.
  • Formulate a logical and coherent argument.
  • Put your own life experiences into some kind of perspective.

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 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
  • The main point of feedback will be your own developing confidence in public speaking.

What else do I need to know?

  • 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.)
  • In the past, some participants have brought a selection of philosophy books. however, this is entirely optional.

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
  • The course content is open to discussion. The teacher will have some ideas but it is always a good thing when participants suggest topics for discussion. Some very interesting sessions have been led by one or more participants themselves.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Some participants have thought about A Level Philosophy.

Download full course outline

Philosophy: Society and the Individual Course Outline


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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