Burning Issues

Ref: C3744448

Our friendly discussion group seeks greater understanding of the seemingly increasingly volatile politics of today, in the UK, the EU and internationally. We examine: 1. ongoing issues (eg, Middle East, Islamism/Jihadism, public finance (taxing and spending); 2. diary events (eg, the budget/spending reviews, sundry Brexit deadlines, etc; 3. unpredictable bombshells. We seek to pose the right questions, then responding as fully and clearly as we can, no holds barred - all in good humour. We welcome new members to join us and add new insights.

Course aim

Our friendly group aims for greater understanding of the main issues in UK, EU and world politics through laser-beam analysis and free, vigorous and good-humoured discussion. Say what you think, ask questions - join us!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for anyone who wants a better understanding of politics (in all its senses) or who wishes to share their knowledge and experience with others.

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

  • Formulate a coherent set of questions for selected topics.
  • Formulate the main arguments relevant to selected topics.
  • Indicate the main facts relevant to selected topics.

How will I be taught?

  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • The tutor will help in class members' formulation of questions, provide relevant background and exposition, and enable orderly discussion. The 'work' consists of reading articles regularly emailed by the tutor.

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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A good heart, self-awareness and an attentive and critical mind.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Keeping up with the news through various news media, including the excellent BBC and Guardian websites (the latter includes hundreds of comments Below the Line (BTL) of the some of the main articles of the day).

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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Burning Issues

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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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