Philosophy (Big Ideas)

Ref: C2527584

Big Ideas takes in politics, philosophy, sociology, psychology and many sciences. It examines the ideas and work of a specific thinker and uses these as a framework for discussion and examination -- with special relevance to how we live our lives in the present day. The course takes in lots of discussion and is very participative. The course will always be fun, entertaining and challenging (in the sense it will help you think again about contemporary affairs). The tutor has worked for over thirty years for the WEA, and has a long history of teaching adult learners in a participative manner. You will have an opportunity to choose course topics, and negotiate the order in which they are taught within the course timetable.

Course aim

The course pursues the following principles: “Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. Its task is to make ideas clear and to give them sharp boundaries." (Ludwig Wittgenstein).

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • It helps if you can put aside an hour or so each week for reading. Knowledge of the Internet is desirable, but not essential.

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

  • Broadly describe two topic areas that we discussed during the course.
  • Discuss how the work of individual thinkers might impact upon us
  • Generally contribute to group discussions.
  • Suggest a new topic for the course, or the future course programme

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You'll need an open mind and an enthusiasm for discussing issues with others. A basic understanding of English (written and spoken) is essential. Access to the Internet, and an email address, are very helpful though not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Philosophy (Big Ideas)

Enrolment Conditions

This course is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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 2021
  • 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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