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

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