Philosophy

Ref: C3744303

In this short course, we engage each year with a different thinker or theme within the tradition of western philosophy. Past topics have included Hannah Arendt, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, John Dewey, Process Philosophy and the Philosophy of Mind. A short reading each week is elucidated by the tutor and then discussed with the group with the aim of providing a good grounding in the overall topic for both beginners and those with some previous philosophical knowledge. The specific topic is usually decided nearer the time and will be advertised online by the WEA.

Course aim

Focussing on a particular philosopher or school of thought chosen nearer the time by students, the course will use readings, presentations and discussion to provide an introduction to the relevant texts and ideas in question.

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
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Read and digest complex philosophical texts
  • Have a basic grasp of the key themes and thinks explored during the course
  • Have a deep understanding of at least one of the thinkers explored during 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
  • The class will be largely discussion based, with the tutor first presenting and explaining the reading material, then the class discussing and clarifying it.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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.).
  • All materials will be provided

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
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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

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Philosophy

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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