Talk Shop on Renewing Democracy

Ref: C3841873

Is Britain suffering a crisis in its democracy? There has been a decline in levels of trust in government and confidence in the political system. These feelings of distrust have grown in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum and through the growing crises in the NHS and in housing and other public services. Many people feel that their vote doesn't really make a difference. In 2015 there were signs of a growing level of political inequality with the poorest in society less inclined to vote than the more wealthy and younger people (18-24) much less inclined to vote than those over 65. Then in 2017 young people came out in greater numbers, a so-called youthquake. What does this mean and what difference could it make? This course examines whether there is a continuing crisis in the democracy system and the way Britain is governed. We explore and discuss the options for change and a renewal of democracy through a game-like structure developed by Talk Shop.

Course aim

To examine whether there is a crisis in the democratic system of government in Britian and explore the possibilities for a renewal of democracy

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Understand the current debates on the democratic deficit in the UK
  • Evaluate and make informed choices about different policies based on my values
  • Listen carefully to other people in discussion and appreciate their point of view
  • Express my thoughts clearly in discussion
  • Work within a group to find common ground

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

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?

  • Participation in future Talk Shop events organised through WEA or another WEA course

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Talk Shop on Renewing Democracy


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  • 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
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