Pandemic Problems: Tactics and Strategy

Ref: C2344396

This session includes a quick overview of the way in which Government policy before the tier system tried to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and what the results were. Since then, the tier system, a second national lockdown and more tiering has followed. This course explores what we’ve learned about how people are likely to react, and the effects of this on policy formation and on outcomes. Getting people to follow government rules and guidance has seemingly become more difficult. How has this potential deficit of trust affected the making of policy, the politics of pandemic, and our trust in government? If trust in current policies has been lost, how can it be restored and rebuilt?

Course aim

This is a follow-up to course C2344034 - Pandemic Policy and Personal Responses, bringing the story of pandemic policy and its effects up to date. The emphasis is on the interaction between policies and our reactions to them.

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 is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed
  • Experience of life in England over the past three months would be helpful!

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

  • Identify at least 1 policy and describe three ways in which people's responses have affected the outcome of that policy
  • Analyse the mechanisms by which trust is lost, and make at least 1 suggestion how it might be regained
  • Describe three or more challenges facing policymakers
  • Give a justified evaluation of policy during the pandemic

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
  • Resources will be available on Canvas Live Q&A during the class Online polls and/or group discussions

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Please contact me directly for feedback

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 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The PowerPoint presentation from the previous course will be available on Canvas for students to review.

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
  • I shall be offering a course in Economics later in the term - "What do economists do all day", which may be of interest.

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Pandemic Problems: Tactics and Strategy

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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