Is Deep Thinking Dead?

Ref: C2342957

Without mentioning the obvious, recent political and public debate has become depressingly antagonistic, formulaic and opinionated. Attitudes are struck instantly and easily, with complex issues often reduced to sound bites. As engaged citizens, we urgently need to think beyond statements and slogans to the questions that underlie them. This session will explore two or three topics of our time in ‘slow motion’. The hope is that we will also discover some of the pleasures of thinking below the surface.

Course aim

The workshop session will identify contemporary examples of 'depth-less' political and public discourse. It will then explore what it means to think slowly and deeply about a select number of topics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The session is for anyone concerned about the quality of public and political discourse.

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

  • identify examples of depth-less political and/or public discourse
  • identify some of the difficult questions that underlie simple assertions
  • explore ideas and issues carefully and in slow motion

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?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Feedback will be given in the session through discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • 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

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Is Deep Thinking Dead?

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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