Course title:
Philosophy: Language, 'Cancel Culture' and Freedom of Speech
Tutor:
Bettina Lange
Course ID:
C2346592
Start date:
17/01/2022
End date:
28/03/2022
Timetabled sessions
Date Times Hours
Mon 17 Jan 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 24 Jan 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 31 Jan 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 07 Feb 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 21 Feb 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 28 Feb 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 07 Mar 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 14 Mar 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 21 Mar 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Mon 28 Mar 2022 16:45 PM - 18:45 PM 2
Total sessions: 10
Total number of classroom hours: 20
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 20
Date
Mon 17 Jan 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 24 Jan 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 31 Jan 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 07 Feb 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 21 Feb 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 28 Feb 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 07 Mar 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 14 Mar 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 21 Mar 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Date
Mon 28 Mar 2022
Times
16:45 PM - 18:45 PM
Hours
2
Total sessions:
10
Total number of classroom hours:
20
Independent online hours:
0
Total hours:
20
Venue:
Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
Is this course part of a programme of study?
No
Programme details
Programme title:
Programme aims:
Programme description:
Who is this programme for?
Optional Activity Start date End date Fee
Fee
£64.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
What else do I need to know? Is there anything I need to provide?
This is an online course. You will therefore need an email address, reliable Internet access, and a CANVAS account. Help with CANVAS is available form the national WEA team.
Course aim:
This course is an opportunity to examine the relations between language (including non-verbal language e.g. statues), power, freedom and responsibility using philosophical approaches.
Course description:
The right to free expression has been used to criticise 'cancel culture', and the harmful consequences of opinions have been used to justify restricting free expression. This course uses philosophy to examine language, power, freedom and responsibility. The course will cover : 1. What ‘freedom of speech’ means, why it is considered important, and arguments for and against limiting it ( J S Mill and current approaches); 2. language as a system of pre-existing meanings; 3. words have consequences; 4. language and power relations (M Fricker, critiques of colonialism and others); 5. speaking, intention, and responsibility (individual and collective; unintended consequences; using ethical theories including J Habermas); 6. arguments for and against prohibiting certain words, phrases or symbols. A related course on the wider topic of tolerance and its limits will be offered after Easter.
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. give reasons for protecting freedom of speech
2. give reasons for restricting freedom of speech
3. explain how language and power are connected
4. explain at least two contrasting responses to the question “Are people responsible for the harmful consequences of the words they use ?"
5. give reasons for your judgement on whether certain words, phrases or symbols should be prohibited
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We expect you to attend your classroom sessions and make time to do any required learning activities on your own.

The WEA tutor will use a range of teaching and learning activities and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. Your tutor will use tasks to see how you are learning, which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects, discussion, written or practical work. Your tutor will give you feedback on your learning and progress.

WEA Canvas online learning area

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What next?

Your tutor will talk with you about what you could do following this course.

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