Beyond Democracy

Ref: C3531063

There is a wide consensus in the UK that our politics is broken, what we can’t seem to agree on is how to fix it. This course involves 6 face to face sessions focusing on key political issues in which strong views are help but agreement is difficult to find. We will ask questions regarding the value and future of democracy; what it means to be citizen; the compatibility of freedom and equality, and the extent to which social justice a the survival of the planet can be reconciled. We will explore how politics could be done differently and attempt to put that into practice. All views are welcome and no simple solutions are offered.

Course aim

To provide a forum for the exploration and discussion of contested political concepts such as Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Equality, Diversity, Community and others.

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:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is open to all.

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

  • Outline some of the big issues that have an impact on politics in the UK.
  • Understand how differences in interpretation of key political ideas leads to fundamental differences.
  • Understand how the way we think about politics is influenced by the way in which key ideas are understood.
  • Discuss how different interpretations of key ideas have contributed to the political divisions illustrated by Brexit.
  • Become more confident at using digital technologies such as the World Wide Web, PowerPoint and Canvas to research topics and communicate with others.

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:
  • 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:
  • 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:

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

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Beyond Democracy

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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