Talk Shop on Citizens Basic Income

Ref: C3841875

As fears rise that automation will erase jobs and create unemployment, the idea of a Universal Basic Income (UBI) has gained support and popularity. There are different models for basic income but the idea is that all citizens would receive, from the government a regular, unconditional, sum of money. The idea has been around since the 19th Century but interest has increased with the threat of increased automation and as welfare systems have become costly to administer and have created poverty traps. There are current or recent experiments in the Netherlands, Kenya, Canada, the United States and, most notably, Finland. Critics of the idea say it will create a disincentive to work but advocates argue the enormous benefits, freeing people from punitive welfare systems and freeing them to work creatively and constructively in fulfilling occupations. This course allows students to critically explore the theory and arguments surrounding UBI using a game-like format developed by Talk Shop.

Course aim

To develop a critical understanding of Universal Basic Income and evaluate different approaches to implementation, exploring the benefits and negative consequences that might result from its implementation

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Critically understand current debates on Universal basic Income
  • 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Talk Shop on Citizens Basic Income


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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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