Online Taster: Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil

Ref: C3530891

In 1963 her report on the Trail of Adolf Eichmann for his role in the Holocaust Hannah Arendt created a storm of controversy which continues to this day. The phase 'Banality of Evil' is not just about mindlessly following orders but it implies an active participation in activities which contribute to the political crises of the modern world. This session will examine the case of Adolf Eichmann, Arendt's interpretation and the response that followed using short extracts from a recent film (provided in advance). It will also introduce a longer online course which will explore Arendt's key ideas in the context of the world today.

Course aim

To investigate some of the ideas of Hannah Arendt concerning the nature of evil and discuss these in the context of today’s world. This also provides an introduction into a longer online course. .

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
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is open to anyone to attend. Support will be available for using the online systems.

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

  • appreciate what Hannah Arendt meant by the phrase 'the banality of evil'.
  • become aware of some of the controversy surrounding this and its implications for today's world.
  • access supporting materials using Canvas to support independent learning.
  • take part in a live online discussion on this topic using Zoom
  • become more confident in using Zoom and Canvas to access adult education

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
  • We will use Zoom to facilitate a group discussion. Canvas will be used to provide supporting materials before, during and after the session.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • opportunities for self assessment will be provided and follow up options suggested.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • 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
  • Sources of further online information will be provided together with an electronic copy of the presentation used.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Pre-course reading is required: resources will be made available to you using the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Copies of a couple of short video clips will be provided (there is no requirement to have seen the whole film) and some other pre-course resources available. Support will be available to help you access these.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Some information on a proposed 6 session online course exploring more of the thinking of Hannah Arendt will be made available.

Download full course information sheet

Online Taster: Hannah Arendt and the Banality of Evil

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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