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You will be encouraged to share ideas in our discussion based politics courses on current affairs, democracy and citizenship and internal relations.

A World Beyond Brexit View details

Whilst Britain is totally obsessed by Brexit, the rest of the world has not stopped still. This course looks at some of the most important issues facing the world, from climate change to rising tensions between China and America and problems in parts of Africa, Middle East and the Americas. And if Brexit is still a burning issue this autumn, maybe even that as well. Plenty of time for discussion.

Beyond Ideologies View details

This course looks at some of the key ideas and beliefs that have influenced politics in the UK and asks what ideas will shape the future. It also aims to help us understand the difficulties that the main UK political parties have in relation to Brexit. We will ask if it’s possible to get beyond the conflicting stories and strongly held beliefs to find a world we can inhabit together without mutual annihilation? This course involves 6 face to face sessions focusing on the key ideas and values associated with Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism, Fascism, Environmentalism and others. Each session will include a presentation of these key ideas and a lively discussion of them. These will be supported by extensive background materials using Canvas (the WEA online classroom) and include the opportunity to continue our discussions between sessions.

Burning Issues View details

Our friendly discussion group seeks greater understanding of the seemingly increasingly volatile politics of today, in the UK, the EU and internationally. We examine: 1. ongoing issues (eg, Middle East, Islamism/Jihadism, public finance (taxing and spending); 2. diary events (eg, the budget/spending reviews, sundry Brexit deadlines, etc; 3. unpredictable bombshells. We seek to pose the right questions, then responding as fully and clearly as we can, no holds barred - all in good humour. We welcome new members to join us and add new insights.

Burning Issues View details

Our friendly discussion group seeks greater understanding of the seemingly increasingly volatile politics of today, in the UK, the EU and internationally. We examine: 1. ongoing issues (eg, Middle East, Islamism/Jihadism, public finance (taxing and spending); 2. diary events (eg, the budget/spending reviews, sundry Brexit deadlines, etc; 3. unpredictable bombshells. We seek to pose the right questions, then responding as fully and clearly as we can, no holds barred - all in good humour. We welcome new members to join us and add new insights.

Current Affairs View details

Voting for or against Brexit seemed such a simple thing to do but the outcome has been far from simple. What will Brexit mean for the UK, Scotland, Ireland, the EU and International relations? The whole political process over Brexit has highlighted deficiencies in our system of democracy - does the UK need a codified constitution and a PR system of voting? There are other issues in current affairs too - should home schooling be regulated - or even banned? What rights should the LGBT community be given - and what impact will this have on the provision of toilets, and changing rooms at sports facilities etc? We shall also have updates on some issues such as the election of a new Conservative Party leader, and hence a new Prime Minister, as well as on-going issues such as climate change, universal credit (who are the winners and losers?), and ideas to shift money away from the old to the young by removing benefits for the elderly to enable the young to buy houses.

Current Affairs 1 View details

Voting for or against Brexit seemed such a simple thing to do but the outcome has been far from simple. What will Brexit mean for the UK, Scotland, Ireland, the EU and international relations? The whole political process over Brexit has highlighted deficiencies in our system of democracy - does the UK need a codified constitution and a PR system of voting? There are other issues in current affairs too - should home schooling be regulated - or even banned? What 'rights' should the LGBT community be given - and what impact will this have on the provision of toilets, changing rooms at sports facilities etc.? We shall also have updates on some on-going issues, such as climate change, universal credit (who are the winners and losers?) and ideas to shift money from the old to the young - by removing benefits for the elderly - an election loser surely? We'll also look at other issues as they occur.

Current Affairs and International Relations View details

Major trends and happenings in the contemporary world will be analysed and placed in their historical setting.

Current Affairs: A World Beyond Brexit View details

Whilst Britain is totally obsessed by Brexit, the rest of the world has not stopped still. This course looks at some of the most important issues facing the world, from climate change to rising tensions between China and America and problems in parts of Africa, Middle East and the Americas. And if Brexit is still a burning issue this autumn, maybe even that as well. Plenty of time for discussion.

Current and International Affairs with Jim Chrystie View details

Whilst Britain is totally obsessed by Brexit, the rest of the world has not stopped still. This course looks at some of the most important issues facing the world, from climate change to rising tensions between China and America and problems in parts of Africa, Middle East and the Americas. And if Brexit is still a burning issue this autumn, maybe even that as well. Plenty of time for discussion.

Day School: Politics and Protest in a Prosperous Country View details

This day school will examine the dynamics of politics in nineteenth and twentieth century Berkshire, and examine both conventional narratives and hidden controversies, from Huntley and Palmers' attitude toward trade unionism to the (now almost forgotten) riots in Reading in 1981. We will examine historical and contemporary views of Reading as a ‘prosperous’ town and Berkshire as a ‘peaceful’ county, and how this influenced past and present depictions of the area. Beginning with agricultural uprisings, industrialisation, and the formation of labour organisations in the country town, the course will go on to consider the campaign for female suffrage in Berkshire, the General Strike of 1926, the presence of communism and fascism in the inter-war period, the election of Labour MPs in Reading, and violent tensions between police and people in the late twentieth century. In doing so, Berkshire’s hidden radical past will be uncovered.