Hannah Arendt: A thinker for Dark Times - Online with Kevin Walker

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This course is fully online accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. You will need, reliable internet connection and internet-linked device with camera and microphone. We will be email you links to canvas, please accept these to access the course, the sender will show as “instructure”. Hannah Arendt has been described as ‘a Thinker for Dark Times’, this is because however difficult things may appear her message is essentially one of hope. We will examine, what it means to be human, the origins of totalitarianism, the nature of evil, revolutions, power and violence, the meaning of politics and the role of political action and will practise thinking and judgement. This course is an opportunity to think about and discuss the future of our common world.

Course aim

• To investigate the key ideas of Hannah Arendt. • To discuss these in the context of today’s world. • To examine our own experiences and views in the light of the above.

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
  • No previous knowledge of Hannah Arendt, philosophy or politics is assumed. Her ideas reach out to those who are profoundly distrustful of formal politics, parties and governments generally.

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

  • understand some of the key ideas of Hannah Arendt
  • critically examine her ideas and our own thinking on these issues
  • take part in discussions about these ideas and their implications for the world in which we find ourselves today
  • appreciate plurality of views and experienced what Hannah Arendt called action.
  • enjoy thinking about and discussing the future of our common world and and participated in making judgements that incorporate others perspectives.

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
  • There will be no set work to do at home but lots of opportunities for further learning including suggested reading, web-sources and video materials as well as online discussions between sessions.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • Also opportunities for discussion with other students and to share ideas and experiences.

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
  • Lots of materials will be provided through Canvas the WEA online teaching resource.

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 is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Before the course starts some background materials will be made available by email but these are not essential to participation in the first session.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Useful for any course that requires thinking critically. Particularly Social Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Politics and Philosophy.

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Hannah Arendt: A thinker for Dark Times - Online with Kevin Walker

Enrolment 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 have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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