Cancelled: Day School: "Politics - what's the point?" Understanding Government

Ref: C2226472

Too many people say "oh, I don't really do politics", but actually politics is around us all of the time - it's in the home, in the workplace, and definitely in the pub. After trying to find a consensus between us of what this word means in practice, we shall look at the history of democratic ideas & principles, so as to understand how we got to where we are today. How can we use our political institutions in the UK? What decision-making processes do we most want to influence? What power - if any - do we really have (or are supposed to have)? Maybe we prefer to follow the advice of the anarchist Emma Goldman who famously said that if politics really achieved anything, they would make it illegal ...? Do we, in the so-called developed countries of the west, have a monopoly on how democracy should be defined? The day will be very much based upon discussion - and there will be plenty to talk about!

Additional information about this course

Start time 10:00 and ends at 4pm but included 1hour lunch break and tea breaks. Lunch: there will be an hours break which can be taken in the restaurant but this is not included in the fee. Numbers are limited so early booking recommended.

Course aim

To introduce and discuss just what "politics" really means, and to understand why yes, politics is important. We shall look at the history and development of democracy, and see if we can ascertain just where we may be heading in the future.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • We all have our own experiences of what politics is about, and we all have our own opinions. Come with an open mind!

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

  • identify the many ways in which "politics" affects our lives
  • describe what democracy should really mean
  • discuss what decision-making processes we would most like to influence
  • explore the term "power", discuss what it really means - and of who really has it

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
  • This day will be very much based upon discussion - either through the whole group, or in smaller groups. Be prepared to get stuck in!

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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.)
  • Just notebook & pen ..... and an open mind.

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
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This day may lead on to further related courses, which will continue to develop the themes discussed.

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Cancelled: Day School: "Politics - what's the point?" Understanding Government

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