Seminar: The Breaking of Nations

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Our bicameral legislature of governance with the Crown in parliament is now under great pressure and an irrevocably split Union a distinct possibility. Our independent judiciary, free press and impartial civil service are all under pressure, indeed increasingly under suspicion from an alternative centre of power,namely the peoples' voice through social media and future binary referendum.Rather than the people's loyalty to Britain's unwritten constitution and Edmund Burke's philosophy that MP's are representatives and not delegates to their Parliament, for many Brexit leavers it appears our institutions are judged according to their loyalty to the demos, whilst the biggest threat to these institutions of many hundreds of years comes from a growing sense that maybe its democracy itself that has let the people down?

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

Part one of a two part workshop that considers the relevance of Britain's democratic structures after Brextit, and in a new world of social media encouraging binary on-line voting.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Students need a level 2 qualification in English to join this course

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

  • To better appreciate the most important elements that make up the constitution and processes of governance of the United Kingdom.
  • To better understand how the most important elements of the constitution have achieved their current operational structures over many years, and why
  • To have improved their knowledge of how and why several of the most important elements of our constitution such as the Supreme Court, the Royal Prerogative and the anachronistic House of Lords are what they are and why

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Seminar: The Breaking of Nations


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