What is the course about?
Continue your exploration of current affairs through lively, informed discussion. Run as a tutor moderated-discussion group of current news events. This course follows on from 'Current affairs' but new students are welcome.
What will we cover?
The main focus of the course is on understanding the significance of the news as it is reported on a week-by-week basis in the media generally. The potential for a high level of learner interest in the topics selected for discussion is of prime importance. Themes may include:
- ethnic nationalism
- secular politics and religious issues of social and political significance
- the Human Rights debate
- socialism and the market economy
- issues of war and peace
- science and progress, often coupled with ethical and religious questions
These themes are not intended to be exhaustive and are open to a variety of interpretations. Issues of war and
peace might well include the situation in the Middle East, the problems of Burma, and the conflict in the Sudan.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify and analyse those news events that are likely to create political repercussions at home and overseas
- Discuss such events in their appropriate context
- Identify the agenda-setting role of editors in the media
- Develop skills relating to the criticism of news stories.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required although you will be encouraged to read regularly at least one quality daily
newspaper as background preparation. The tutor usually supplies extracts from the media or books to aid
discussion on each specific topic. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about new ideas with which you may not agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think
about new ideas with which you may not agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor leading in with a prepared talk, one or more readings from the printed media, and/or a video or pictorial presentation. There is ample opportunity for discussion of issues or problems raised. As the course progresses learners are encouraged to take an increasing part in the learning process, especially with regard to asking questions and discussing topics raised.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no set textbooks or print news required - in terms of costs for this course. A pen and paper for taking notes would be useful.
Learners are encouraged to read-up on topics between sessions - utlising a variety of sources available from
online and print media. Most topics will include one or two set pieces for discussion and learners are
encouraged to read and bring-in to session with them, other sources on the selected topics they may come
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Current Affairs courses and information about when they take place, can be found on the college website: bildutrapagaran.info.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details