How Parliament Works

Ref: C2341685

We live in interesting political times in which the UK constitution is in a state of flux. This course will look beyond the rituals and the theatre of Westminster to extend a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure, how Parliament works in relation to government and how people can have an influence on oue elected representatives.

Course aim

The course will provide behind the scenes insight into how the UK parliament works which goes beyond the well known processes of MPs questions, the passage of primary legislation and set-piece debates in the Chamber.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • explain the role of The Speaker of the House of Commons,
  • describe how party Whips operate and the role of Usual Channels,
  • explain the part that Secondary Legislation plays in law making,
  • analyse and describe the range and work of parliamentary Select Committees.

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • 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.)

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

Download full course information sheet

How Parliament Works

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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