Current Affairs

Ref: C2227093

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Inevitably Brexit will be discussed and analysed, but there are lots of other topics too - such as the Bills proposed in the Queen's speech (or possibly the next Queen's speech if there is a general election), PFI's and the huge cost to the taxpayer, world population and the distribution of resources, the role of women in society, HS2 and rail infrastructure - and much, much more - come and join in our lively discussions.

Course aim

The course aims to give students the opportunity to analyse and discuss issues in Current Affairs and politics. The course is structured so there are different topics each week and the tutor introduces each topic with relevant background material.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • this course is suitable for everyone who is interested in politics and current affairs and wants to know more about the institutional framework of the UK's political system, and also of international institutions (e.g. the EU, NATO, UN)

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

  • List the main points in the Brexit agreement.
  • Analyse the possible consequences of Brexit on the UK, Scotland, Ireland, the EU.
  • To examine predictions on the maximum population that the world can support.
  • To assess arguments for and against continuation of the HS2 project and describe possible alternatives for coping with the need for greater capacity on the rail system.
  • With hindsight, to assess how well the UK's political system has coped with the Brexit, or has this 'crisis' illustrated the need to examine possible alternatives - e.g. a codified constitution, a PR voting system.

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
  • students will be given handouts a week in advance of each topic which they will be expected to read; this gives students the opportunity to research newspapers and journals, the internet and TV/radio programmes to broaden their knowledge of the topic under discussion.

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 consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • students may wish to lead a topic, or introduce a particular area of interest in current affairs - this is encouraged but not compulsory

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • it can be useful for students to research the internet for topics of particular interest.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • students joining this class will already have an interest in politics and current affairs and probably watch TV debates, although this is not essential

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
  • students may wish to join a political party or pressure group - or even to attend meetings and demonstrations for their own particular causes.

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Current Affairs

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Due to face to face teaching being suspended unfortunately this course is not currently available for enrolment.

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  • 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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