Philosophy: Society and the Individual

Ref: C3841299

We are all philosophers. Whenever you have reflected on your own life, you have been philosophical. As philosophical as any of the great thinkers of the past. In this course, participants discuss the big issues of Justice, Equality, Right Conduct, in a tolerant and open way. Participants acquire confidence in speaking in public and critiquing arguments. This course has run for many years and that is its ultimate testimonial.

Course aim

The course is an introduction to the main themes in modern and classical philosophy.

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:

  • Confidently express my opinions in public
  • Analyze other people's arguments
  • Talk competently about the themes of great thinkers (Classical and Modern)
  • Develop myself as a person

How will I be taught?

  • Mainly discussion. No-one is forced to speak. Participants contribute to classroom debate when they feel ready. No-one is judged; there is no competition or hierarchy.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • The teacher provides handouts to stimulate the discussion. Participants can lead (and have led) a session on a topic of their own choosing if they feel inclined.

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Some participants have considered doing A Level Philosophy as a result of this course.

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Philosophy: Society and the Individual


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