The UK Constitution from Magna Carta to Brexit

Ref: C2225381

Unlike almost every other country in the world, we have never written our Constitution down in one place. Brexit and the politics of devolution are placing it under huge strain. We will look at previous episodes from history to see how the Constitution coped, and whether we think it is up to the job now ... or whether it is time for fundamental reform.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

We will provide an introduction to the role of the Constitutions in running the country, explaining the key ideas within it and how they have evolved over time.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No particular skills or experience will be needed other than reasonable English skills and an interest in history and/or politics

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

  • Explain the need for a Constitution in running a country
  • Describe the concepts of 'democracy' and the 'rule of law'
  • Analyse critically what politicians say about matters such as Brexit or Scottish independence with greater legal and historical insight
  • Apply the ideas in this course in organisations, clubs and societies to which I belong

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 will be provided with materials and/or references to continue to pursue your learning after the course has finished

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

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.)
  • You may find it useful to take some notes but handouts will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • The course will provide a 'taster' of typical issues in law, politics and history. It will also encourage students to think critically and argue their points courteously.

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The UK Constitution from Magna Carta to Brexit


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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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