Philosophy and Current Affairs

Ref: C2420429

This course will introduce key ideas from contemporary philosophy. Students will be encouraged to discuss the news, and the world around us, using philosophical concepts and theories. The course will help students to use concepts for analysis of political and cultural issues reported in the media. No previous experience is needed, just an interest in discussing current affairs and philosophy.

Course aim

This course will introduce key ideas from contemporary philosophy. Students will be encouraged to discuss the news, and the world around us, using philosophical concepts and theories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course will help beginners but also anyone who has studied philosophy in the past is welcome to join in. There will be lots of opportunities for discussion drawing on student experience as well as the ideas introduced by the teacher.

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

  • Describe key philosophical ideas.
  • Discuss topics raised in philosophy.
  • Apply philosophical ideas to current affairs.
  • Understand the background to some of the debates in philosophy.
  • Use philosophical concepts for analysis of political and cultural issues.

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
  • Additional ideas for reading will be provided.

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?

  • Please just bring pen and paper. Some reading suggestions will require access to the internet at home but this reading is optional.

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
  • 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/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Philosophy and 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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