Current Affairs as Seen Through a Philosophical Lens

Ref: C2420911

The course will briefly introduce the principal ideas of a selection of philosophers and apply these to the discussion of the news headlines and the controversies that lie behind them. This course is an opportunity to discuss current affairs and learn more about key ideas from philosophy.

Course aim

This course will briefly introduce key ideas from the history of philosophy. We will discuss selected news stories, and consider what philosophical concepts and theories can contribute to our understanding of these stories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course will help beginners but also anyone who has studied philosophy in the past is welcome to join in. There will be lots of opportunities for discussion drawing on student experience as well as the ideas introduced by the teacher.

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

  • Describe key philosophical ideas.
  • Understand the background to some of the debates in philosophy.
  • Use philosophical concepts for analysis of political and cultural issues.
  • Describe key news stories covered in the course.
  • Describe and discuss different perspectives on the headline stories covered by the course.

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?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be useful to bring pen and paper.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Current Affairs as Seen Through a Philosophical Lens

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority. You must be a resident of Greater London in order to attend this course. Click here to learn more about government funding changes. If you don't know whether you are a resident of Greater London, you can check your postcode here:

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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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