Beyond Democracy - With Kevin Walker

Ref: C3531973

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 live online zoom sessions focusing on key political issues in which strong views are held but agreement is difficult to find. We will ask questions regarding the value and future of democracy; what it means to be a citizen; the compatibility of freedom and equality; and the extent to which social justice and the survival of the planet can be reconciled. We will explore how politics could be done differently and attempt to put that into practice. This course is a fully online with no physical meeting space, accessing the course through Canvas our virtual learning environment and zoom a video conferencing software. All views are welcome and no simple solutions are offered. Opportunities will be provided to continue the discussion online between sessions using Canvas.

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: 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
  • This course is open to all. No previous knowledge of the subject is required or assumed.

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

  • Discuss 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 on current issues.
  • Become more confident at using digital technologies 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: 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
  • Discussion will mostly take place in the live zoom meetings but these can be continued online using Canvas 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?

  • 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
  • Digital copies of slides used and other reading material will be provided on Canvas 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: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Beyond Democracy - With Kevin Walker

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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