Beyond Ideologies - Part 2 with Kevin Walker

Ref: C3532570

There is a wide consensus in the UK that our politics is broken, what we cannot seem to agree on is how to fix it. Building upon an understanding of different political ideas and perspectives developed in part 1 we will now apply these to help understand why agreement and consensus is so difficult (some would say impossible). This course involves 6 live online zoom sessions focusing on key political issues in which strong views are held and 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 different and attempt to put that into practice. 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 apply an understanding of ideologies developed in part 1 to contested political concepts such as Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom, Equality, Diversity, Community and others. To provide a forum for the exploration and discussion of these.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course follows on from 'Beyond Ideologies Part 1'. 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.

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 different ideologies have shaped current political debates and divisions.
  • Understand how the way we think about key political ideas like Democracy, Freedom and Citizenship is influenced by the way in which we have been exposed to different ideologies.
  • Through active listening and discussion be able to appreciate world views and ideas that differ significantly from my own.
  • Become more confident at using digital technologies to research topics and communicate with others.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use Zoom. Copies of slides used and other follow up material will be provided on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Beyond Ideologies - Part 2 with Kevin Walker


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