Seminar: The Breaking of Nations: The Divorcee's Remorse or Free at Last?

Ref: C3742995

According to David Goodhart in his fascinating book "The Road to Somewhere", published in 2017, there are now new tribes shaping British politics that cross our long established party political boundaries of class, education, location and financial worth; tribes being driven either to leave the EU or to remain as the people's primary position. Unilateral western liberal confidence, once so empowering in 1990 at the end of the Cold War, is being replaced by an internationalised and increasingly isolated angst. We need to accept that a new cold-eyed realism is required in international affairs and In having fewer friends than we have grown used to, recognition is required that the world's rules-based international order since 1945 is not a permanent gift from God but simply a product of historical events.

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

The second of two workshops where we consider if such a consequential move as leaving the EU appears to be worth it, or is the nation about to be afflicted by the divorcee's remorse?

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:

  • Evaluate and conclude on David Goodhart's conclusion that British politics has changed forever in having crossed its traditional poltical party shiboleths in favour of being above all else, for or against Brextit
  • Consider and conclude as to whether we leave or stay in the EU, the pains and processes of our 2016 referendum means new and severe future dependence upon the friendships of many self interested strangers
  • Discuss and conclude if a unique opportunity occurs after 2019 to create a sensible modern federal structure for the UK, or even or to bite the bullet and dissolve the Union into its four component nations?

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
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

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

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Seminar: The Breaking of Nations: The Divorcee's Remorse or Free at Last?


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