Philosophy for Now

Ref: C2225615

This ground-breaking course applies the wisdom of the great philosophers to the issues we face in our own time of remarkable and rapid change. We will examine some social issues, such as freedom of speech versus political correctness; gender issues and education in a changing world. We will look at the impact of mobile phones, robots and changes in money matters, as well as the issues raised by widespread surveillance. Each week, we will include at least one famous philosopher such as Aristotle or Descartes and look at how the insights of the past can still be relevant today. There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss ideas and also to refine your own skills of critical analysis.

Course aim

The course aims to apply philosophical techniques and the teaching of great philosophers to some of the issues we face in today's world of rapid technological and social changes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Describe some of the ideas of at least three philosophers.
  • Explain the philosophical issues surrounding at least three areas of rapid change in modern society.
  • Apply the theories of some philosophers to these problems
  • Analyze three issues in terms of the philosophical insights ofthe past.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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 have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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Philosophy for Now


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  • 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
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