How does Parliament work? Includes a trip to Westminster – Autumn 2017

big-ben-2200706_1920.jpgBeyond the rituals and the theatre of Westminster, you will acquire a working knowledge of how Parliament works in relation to government and how people can have an influence on what happens. We will explore our unwritten constitution concentrating on the House of Commons, examine the many roles of an MP, have a quick look at the House of Lords, discover how to influence decisions, understand the passage of a Parliamentary bill and the various stages of statute law-making, assess the party system including a look at the numbers game, discuss the role of the whips, plus an optional visit to Westminster.

Tutor – Mark Grayling
Fee – £77.00 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 28 September 2017
Course Ref – C2337853

Online enrolment is available from 20 June – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online/coursesearch.aspx

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Fair trade or free trade? Derby Day School – Autumn 2017

mixture-69523_1280.jpgDonald Trump and Theresa May agree – free trade is their watchword. And don’t forget “Brexit means Brexit”. Should the Prime Minister deal away our NHS? What does this all mean for the people of Britain? What are the alternatives?

Tutor – Keith Venables & Christine Jordan
Date – Wednesday 13 September 2017
Time – 1:00pm-5:00pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee FREE

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Zionism and Anti-Zionism: Looking Beyond the Propaganda of Both (Derby WEA Day School Autumn 2016)

Israel Flag | דגל ישראלTutor: Noam Livne
Date & Time: Sat 17 Sept 2016, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee: £5.00

Working towards developing a perspective that is more balanced and better informed than the one generally available from public debate and the media, we will discuss Zionism as an imperialist and colonialist movement, as well as the uniquely unusual nature of both Zionism as the Jewish national movement, and of the Palestinian national movement. The tutor was a peace activist while living in Israel, and has taught Arab-Israeli Relations at Keele University.

To enrol for this day school please send payment to the WEA Derby Office:

All cheques payable to: WEA Derby Branch – please do NOT include with course fees.

 

On the Run (Derby WEA Day School Autumn 2016)

My genetic journey: from Africa to Ireland (to Princeton)Tutor: Kevin Brown
Date & Time: Sat 19 Nov 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee: £7.50

A brief look at the history of migration, population movement and settlement, including motivations via disaster, conflict, famine and drought. We will consider current issues and the ethics involved, prejudice and policy.

To enrol for this day school please send payment to the WEA Derby Office:

All cheques payable to: WEA Derby Branch – please do NOT include with course fees.

Running an effective local campaign – Autumn 2016

Petition: A campaign to secure Cardigan Hospital / Deiseb: Ymgyrch i ddiogelu Ysbyty AberteifiWhether you want to save your local pub, oppose a planning application, run a successful trade union campaign at work, or if you are an anti-poverty activist who wants to get the law changed, you need to know how to campaign to win and influence decisions. This is a practical course based on general principles. It will include opportunities to rehearse some of the skills needed to run a successful campaign.

N.B There will be an optional visit to the Houses of Parliament – date and transport costs to be confirmed at first session. (Help with transport costs may be possible – please ask in the office)

Tutor – Mark Grayling
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 7:00pm – 9:00pm, 7 meetings from 29 September 2016
Course Ref – C2336547

Online enrolment is available from 4 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

 

BREXIT: YES or NO?

Brexit / EU ScrabbleIn? Out? Or still shaking it all about with a month to go ? This facilitated discussion will give you an opportunity to reconsider some of big issues and to share your thoughts with others on the pros and cons of the UK remaining in the EU.

Tutor Kevin Foley
Date Monday 23 May 2016
Time 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Location WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee FREE for everyone

To book a place call 01332 291805 or email derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Campaigning to win – Spring 2016

Columbia community receives $100,000 from Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaignWhether you want to save your local pub, oppose a planning application, run a successful trade union campaign at work, or if you are an anti-poverty activist who wants to get the law changed, you need to know how to campaign to win and influence decisions.

Led by Mark Grayling, who has been involved in campaigning for over thirty years at local, national and international levels, this is a practical course and can be tailored to specific campaigns, but will also suit the generalist. It will include opportunities to rehearse some of the skills needed to run a successful campaign.

Tutor – Mark Grayling
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm, 7 meetings from 28 January 2016
Course Ref – C2335837

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

A taste of politics – Autumn 2015

2008.11.22 - Union FlagThis course explores the issues raised by the recent general election results, concerns about the EU, the rise of Scottish nationalism and reduced representation of other parties.  It offers an opportunity to discuss possible futures for the UK and for our political system.

Tutor – Rod Hawgood
Fee – £53.90 or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Wednesday 1:00-3:00pm, 7 meetings from 23 September 2015
Course Ref – C2334867

Online enrolment is available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Should I vote?

Ballot boxElection in a few weeks and I’m expected to vote but I don’t understand much about politics – help!

Does my vote really matter? Can I make a difference?

Who and what do the parties stand for? What are the differences between them – if any?

Based on past evidence, are the politicians’ promises likely to be kept?

Have you ever wished you understood politics better and could follow current affairs, spot the flaws in politicians’ arguments and make an informed choice on polling day?   Or do you think politics is dull, boring, pointless or irrelevant?

This short course will set the parties in a historical context, examine the different priorities and values in British politics today and explore how each of these is represented in the political parties.

It will not tell you how to vote!  But it may help you to identify your own set of values and where they are located in the political spectrum. There will be opportunity for discussion and debate, giving you the chance to form or reconsider your views of some issues of the day.  By the end of the course you may feel able to use your vote more confidently and perhaps further your social and political involvement.

Tutor: Rod Hawgood
Date & time: Wednesday 10.15am-12.15pm, 3 meetings from 15 April 2015
Venue: The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Fee: FREE

To book a place call: 01332 291805 or email: derbyoffice@wea.org.uk

Politics and you – who should I vote for? – Spring 2015

politicsWould you like you understand politics better, ‘spot the flaws’ in politicians’ arguments and make a more informed choice in an election? We will look at political ideas and parties, how governments are formed, political change plus topics of special interest to you. There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate!

Tutor – Rodney Hawgood
Fee – £53.90 (discounted £48.50) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HB
Date – Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm, 7 meetings from 13 January 2015

 

Online enrolment is available from 1 December – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online

Israel in its own words

Via politics, society and culture we will explore Israeli history, also looking at a broad range of historical documents and literature.  We will also develop an understanding of the Israeli mind and how it works by examining a full range of views – from government to strong internal dissent and criticism.

 

Tutor – Noam Livne
Fee – £84.70 (discounted £76.25) or Free
Venue – WEA, The Mill, Lodge Lane, Derby, DE1 3HB
Date – Monday 1.00pm – 3.00pm, 11 meetings from 22 September 2014
Online enrolment available from 1 July – go to https://enrolonline.wea.org.uk/online