Democracy and Debate Workshops

Ref: C3126917

Students will discover how democracy works in British society as a framework allowing people with different views and beliefs to work and live together. Students will learn the basic skills of debating (research, setting out of their views, understanding that others may hold different views, and countering these). Over a number of weeks, the class will investigate and then discuss an every day topic of interest that can be viewed and understood from a variety of different positions.

Course aim

Introduction to Democracy: What is it? How does it work? How do I fit into it? These workshops provide an introduction to the workings of democracy and the citizen's role, rights and responsibilities in a multi-cultural society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • These workshops are available only for students already attending the Language at Work programme in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council.

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

  • understand what democracy is and the role it plays in maintaining individual freedom of belief in a multi-cultural UK
  • explain how democracy works through individuals respecting competing viewpoints
  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to actively participate in a debate

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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Visit the Civic Centre and the Chambers to see democracy in action

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
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress
  • Participation in a formal debate

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • 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
  • 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 http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Democracy and Debate Workshops

Is this course right for me? Request more information

You can only enrol in person on the course.

Please call 0300 303 3464 to enquire about enrolling on this course.

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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