Current Affairs

Ref: C2225424

Donald trump's second year as President has been controversial - is he a peace-maker or a war-monger? How democratic is the UK? UKIP changed the politics of the UK, but is it now a spent force? Young people today - more - or less - 'moral' than 50 years ago? Brexit - the final deal and new opportunities ahead? Come and join our lively debates on these issues - plus others as they arise.

Course aim

The course gives students the opportunity to analyse issues in politics, international relations and current affairs - with particular emphasis on challenging their own views through discussion and debate with other students.

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:

  • Analyse President Trump's foreign policy initiatives and assess their impact on both the USA and her allies
  • Define the features of a democratic country and discuss to what extent the UK achieves these criteria.
  • List the main outcomes of the Brexit settlement and their likely impact on both the UK and the EU.
  • Discuss whether morals, both private and public, have any relevance in a multicultural society.

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 a week in advance to give basic information and a selection of opinions from newspaper articles. Students will be expected to do some background reading too.

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 http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

Current Affairs

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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