Current Affairs - The Politics of Today

Ref: C3747144

In this very participative course, the tutor will deliver a short introduction to a topic, followed by class discussions. Each week will cover one or 2 topics, including the following: • “Levelling up” – Britain’s regional inequality problem • Britain’s public finances – do we face a new age of austerity? • Is England's education system fit for purpose? • Demographics – our pensions time bomb? • Should the House of Lords be reformed/abolished? Students will be encouraged to suggest other topics The tutor will use a number of tools to encourage participation, including breakout rooms for small-group discussions and Zoom polls.

Course aim

This course will introduce a number of topical issues in politics and current affairs for class discussion.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • discuss the selected current social, financial and political issues
  • identify some of the major issues with the English education system and possible solutions
  • identify some of the major challenges to UK public finances, especially pensions
  • identify the powers of the House of Lords and suggest the areas for reform
  • explain Britain’s regional inequality problem and evaluate if current government policies are likely to reduce the level of regional equality across the UK

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 and a personal email address .

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Current Affairs - The Politics of Today


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