How Are We Governed: Constitution and Parliament 1966-2017

Ref: C3742856

We shall review the changes to the UK's political and constitutional processes introduced since 1966, with particular reference to Parliament, elections, individual rights, and devolution. We shall also consider proposed changes to those processes, such as electoral reform, abolition or reform or the House of Lords, more local/direct democracy.

Course aim

To understand how the British constitutional system has evolved since 1966 and review how it might be further improved.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone interested in how we are governed and what rights and opportunities we have as citizens.

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

  • Give an account of constitutional change in Britain in the last 50 years.
  • Understand proposals for change in the way we are governed and be able to critically discuss these.
  • Critique both our current processes and proposals for changing them.

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 will be expected to take part in open discussion, including questions and answers. You will be sent a short background note before each class to support your learning and understanding. This will include recommended reading.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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?

  • 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 or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Reading Politics UK by Jones & Norton would be helpful, as would be accessing the many web-sites dealing with the UK's political and constitutional processes, such as Parliament UK.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

Download full course information sheet

How Are We Governed: Constitution and Parliament 1966-2017

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

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