Exploring Parliament - The House of Commons

Ref: C3747642

Whether we were born in the United Kingdom, or have come to live here more recently, beyond casting a vote at a General Election, most of us do not really understand how National Government works. This course will consider the different ways in which Parliament works: The Commons ; How Legislation is made; The purpose of Different ministries and select Committees; Holding the Government to account, How to become an M.P. Parliament and Public Engagement. We will embed the role of Government in the concept of a constitutional Monarchy and its history.

Course aim

Do we understand how we are governed? This course will consider how national Government works in the United Kingdom, and its impact on its citizens. Reference will be made to how Government has developed in the United Kingdom

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:

  • explain how the Two Houses of Parliament work separately and together
  • list the steps involved in passing and scrutinising legislation
  • name at least two ways in which Parliament can be held to account
  • familiarise yourself with the workings of Zoom and Canvas as used by the WEA

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This course demands no previous knowledge and will assume none

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Exploring Parliament - The House of Commons

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
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