How British Politics Work

Ref: C2343067

If you have ever said "I don't like politics; it's boring" or "I don't know anything about politics", then this course will clarify the basics of the British political system in a light, informal way for beginners to understand. We cover the role and powers of the PM and the Cabinet, the function and procedures of the Houses of Commons and Lords, the nature of the main political parties and the strengths and weaknesses of the electoral system.

Course aim

The course will explain in an easy-to-follow manner how our political structures and procedures work together, from the voters all the way through to the Prime Minister, enabling the student to actually enjoy reading and hearing about politics.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Explain who does what in the political system
  • Be able to speak about politics without fear or ignorance
  • Engage in informal debate about politics in a non-intimidating situation

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 will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time
  • Classes involve informal lectures and discussion. For those who are willing there will be an opportunity, purely optional, to present, with guidance and support, a short talk on a politician, past or present, and of their choice if preferred. There are no other out of class activities.

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?

  • 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

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How British Politics Work

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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