Current Affairs

Ref: C2225419

What progress has been made in the Brexit negotiations? Should Britain have more selective schools or do they discriminate against children from poorer families? In the light of their opposition to government proposals and policies, it it time to reform (or even abolish) the House of Lords? Is the English justice system 'just'? Should schools, colleges, employers have the right to impose a clothes - or hair, jewellery - policy? Do we need local democracy? All this, and more, in our lively Current Affairs classes

Course aim

The course aims to analyse and discuss current issues in politics, international relations and current affairs.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • this course is suitable for anyone who is interested in politics and current affairs.

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

  • List the agreements made so far between the UK government and the EU for the relationship between them after Brexit
  • Analyse the arguments for and against expanding the grammar school system.
  • Identify the powers of the House of Lords and suggest the areas for reform proposed by various political groups.
  • Discuss current issues over what clothes are 'suitable' for work and whether employers have a right to dictate these

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
  • The tutor will provide handouts giving key information and areas for discussion; students will be expected to read round the subject, watch current affairs programmes etc. to keep up to date with current issues.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

Download full course information sheet

Current Affairs


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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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