Current Affairs

Ref: C2419833

This course is based very much on topical issues of concern and interest both at home and abroad that are in the broadest sense political. The course engages students in critical debate both about political issues and also about media presentation of these issues. While discussion is sometimes robust it is civilised and safe and one in which students who have diametrically opposed views listen to each other with respect and learn from each other too

Course aim

The course is designed to engage students in a critical study and discussion of politics and current affairs

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:

  • Think critically, spot assumptions, agendas and ambiguities within a news item Engage with a wide variety of sources of news and see the value of this diversity.
  • Engage with a wide variety of sources of news and see the value of this diversity.
  • Follow an extended critical discussion news items so as to identify strengths and weaknesses in arguments
  • Be able to offer extensive lines of argument and critical reflection about a variety of news items and media.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

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?

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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