Asking the Big Questions

Ref: C2226870

What are the big questions that ordinary people and philosophers have asked about life, death, meaning, truth, God, good and evil? What are your big questions? Together we will explore our own attempts to reach answers as well as the responses of philosophers throughout history. No experience required except living a life full of questions and your willingness to ask them. You will have the option, if you wish, to do some research and /or reflection and share your findings with the group.

Additional information about this course

No sessions on 9th or 30th October

Course aim

We often think about our big questions but rarely have an opportunity to discuss them. Together we will explore a range of philosophical and ethical questions, examining the ideas of philosophers and our own reflections.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Explore the wide range of views on philosophical questions.
  • Research philosophical writings and summarise them.
  • Discuss how your own philosophical explorations fit within the broad history of thought.
  • Present a short piece of research to others, if you choose to do so.

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 may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be invited to do some reading and research and to discuss ideas with classmates in small groups and to ask questions and share your thoughts.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

Download full course information sheet

Asking the Big Questions

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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