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					WEA SCHEME OF WORK                                                                                            WEA North West – Feb 2011

Course title:   Political values and ideas for activists                   Tutor

Course Learning Outcomes:
 By the end of the course learners will:
   Understand the role of individual and group values in developing political consciousness;
   Have interviewed a political activist or other about their values and motivation;
   Have explored the historical and social context for the development of their own political values.

Session     Learning Outcomes              Learning Methods             Resources                  Assessment methods       Progress reviews
Number
/Date
            Have developed an                                                                      Observation of group
            understanding of the                                                                   discussions, feedback,
            importance of values in                                                                questions, self-
            politics.                                                                              assessment and peer
                                                                                                   response.
            Developed an
            understanding of the
            relationship between
            individual/ group values
                                           Examination of a series of   A wide variety of mainly
            and political/social values.
 1X2                                       images and group             photographic images –
 hours                                     discussions on the values    Appendix A of Tutor
            Interpreted a series of
                                           they portray.                Notes.
            images as regards the
            values that might be
            represented in them.




            Developed an                   Discourse analysis of        The Coalition: our         Observation of group
            understanding of the           documents and group          programme for              discussions, feedback,
            political values of the        discussions.                 government website         questions, self-
 2X2
            current Conservative-Lib-                                   documents                  assessment and peer
 hours
            Dem coalition government.                                   http://programmeforgover   response.
                                                                        nment.hmg.gov.uk
            Critically analysed some
        key position documents
        produced by the
        government.

        Identified the role of
        rhetorical statements in
        government documents.




        Developed an                     Lecture and discussion.      Text on the ways in which    Observation of group
3X2     understanding of some of         Group discussions on the     each of the main political   discussions, feedback,
hours   the values of the main           differences between theory   ideologies treat three       questions, self-
        political ideologies.            and practice.                different values: freedom,   assessment and peer
                                                                      fairness and                 response.
        Examined the way in which                                     responsibility.
        different political ideologies
        interpret particular values.

        Have an understanding of
        the differences between
        ideologies and their
        political practice.
4X2     Understood the nature of         Introduce research and       Ideas regarding how to       Observation of group
hours   the interview process they       interview process.           interview and text on some   discussions, feedback,
        are about to undertake.          Group discussions on         potential interview          questions, self-
                                         interview schedule.          questions.                   assessment and peer
        Identified someone they                                                                    response.
        would like to interview.

        Collectively devised an
        interview schedule – of
        appropriate questions.
5x2     Identified key events that       Introduce some key public    Flipchart or other paper     Observation of group
hours   contributed towards their        political events. Group      for learner’s timelines.     discussions, feedback,
        political development.           discussions. Learners to                                  questions, self-
                                         produce a timeline of the                                 assessment and peer
        Developed their thinking on      key political events.                                     response.
        the relationship between
        personal values and public
        action.

        Reflected upon the nature
        of the relationship between
        their values and political
        development.




6X2     Explored the role of the       Group discussion of a TV     TV programme               Observation of group
hours   media in influencing           programme.                                              discussions, feedback,
        political choices.                                          Detailed information on    questions, self-
                                       Other group discussions –    ownership of the media.    assessment and peer
        Distinguished between          the role of the media, a                                response.
        different elements of the      ‘free’ media, ownership of   A guest speaker from a
        media – particularly           the media.                   local independent media
        between the old media –                                     source – e.g. Sheffield
        newspapers, TV etc. and        Guest speaker.               Live radio station.
        the Internet.

        Examined the current
        pattern of the ownership of
        the media.
7X2     Developed an                   Lecture.                     Maps of pre and post war   Observation of group
hours   understanding of the                                        Europe.                    discussions, feedback,
        context of post Second         Examination of a large       Lecture notes.             questions, self-
        World War developments in      variety of images.           A wide array of images.    assessment and peer
        shaping our political lives.                                (Google images) –          response.
                                       Group discussions.           Appendix B
        Situated their own family
        trajectory during this
        period.

        Have some understanding
        of key events in post-war
        political history.
8X2     Developed an                   Lecture.                     Lecture notes.             Observation of group
hours   understanding of the                                        A wide array of images.    discussions, feedback,
        context of post Second         Examination of a large       (Google images) –          questions, self-
        World War developments in      variety of images.           Appendix B                 assessment and peer
        shaping our political lives.                                                           response.
                                       Group discussions.
        Situated their own family
        trajectory during this
        period.
         Have some understanding
         of key events in post-war
         political history.




9X2      Have presented their           Listen to individual                        Observation of
hours    research findings by           presentations.                              presentations,
         feeding back to the group                                                  feedback, questions,
         on their interviews.           Ask questions and                           self-assessment and
                                        discussion.                                 peer response.
         Answered questions from
         the group.

         Developed some
         presentation skills.
10 X 2   Developed an                   Short lecture.         Evaluation sheets.   Observation of
hours    understanding of the overall                                               discussions, feedback,
         course.                        Group interviews.      Video recording      questions, self-
                                                               equipment.           assessment and peer
         Evaluated the course in a      Group discussions.                          response.
         variety of ways.

         Considered ‘what next?’.

				
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