Beyond Ideologies

Ref: C3530561

This course looks at some of the key ideas and beliefs that have influenced politics in the UK and asks what ideas will shape the future. It also aims to help us understand the difficulties that the main UK political parties have in relation to Brexit. We will ask if it’s possible to get beyond the conflicting stories and strongly held beliefs to find a world we can inhabit together without mutual annihilation? This course involves 6 face to face sessions focusing on the key ideas and values associated with Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Fascism, Environmentalism and others. Each session will include a presentation of these key ideas and a lively discussion of them. These will be supported by extensive background materials using Canvas (the WEA online classroom) and include the opportunity to continue our discussions between sessions.

Course aim

To provide an introduction and overview of the main political ideologies that influence political parties in the UK and explore these in the context of Brexit. To discuss the prospects for new forms of political expression.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Outline some of the big ideas that have had an impact on politics in the UK.
  • Understand how the main UK political parties have been influenced by these ideas.
  • Understand the nature of ideologies and how these influence the way we think about life.
  • Discuss how different ideologies have contributed to the political divisions illustrated by Brexit.
  • Discus the future prospects for new forms of political expression in the UK and beyond.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Discussion will mostly take place in the face to face meetings but these can be continued online for those who wish to do so.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Printed copies of slides and other reading material will be provided in addition to the optional online materials and links to other sources.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • There will be a follow up course 'Beyond Democracy' in the Spring Term.

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Beyond Ideologies

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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