To be or not to be informed?

Blogged by Dr Simon Glaze, Director of 2+2 and Part-time degrees at CLL Warwick

June’s general election has raised interest in the political process to new heights. Unlike Brenda from Bristol (above), this appetite sees no sign of wavering among the historically high numbers of young voters who registered to participate in the election. A whole new level of interest in information about hung parliaments, the Democratic Unionist Party and confidence-and-supply arrangements has also been developed across many sections of the British public. So what does this have to do with the 2+2 programme?

Politics is one of the four modules that are taken during the first two years of the 2+2 degree. Our current students will be aware that the study of politics is about so much more than merely technical issues such as those outlined above. They will also know that these – and the motivations of voters that have led us to our current interest in them – need to be understood as part of a much broader set of social, cultural, economic and historical dynamics that are simply not covered in the mainstream media that reports (or shapes?) our views around these issues.

Exactly the same can be said of the three other modules that students take during the first two years of their degree: Health, Welfare and Social Policy, Sociological Perspectives, and Researching Society and Culture, which also facilitate students’ critical reflection upon the context in which Mrs May (and whoever replaces her) takes the decisions that will impact upon the UK (and the EU) for generations to come.

So what does all this mean for you as a potential 2+2 student?

Studying these modules can help you to develop a fresh understanding of the events that surround us and the impact that we (can) have upon them. What could be more interesting than that? Your studies on the programme will also help you to gain detailed knowledge and critical understanding of arguments claiming, for example, precisely why it is we are staring into the abyss/about to embark on an incredible journey with Brexit, and to articulate reasoned arguments about this terrible/once in a lifetime opportunity, that move beyond such media-driven binary oppositions. And what kind of Brexit will it be? Hard? Soft? Will it even happen at all? Is there no going back from all this?

That brings me again to the question above – what exactly does all this mean for you? Once you engage with the course there is really no going back – you will be fully equipped to critically compare the differences between the choices that you make with the caricatures that many in politics and the media seek to employ to explain these choices. This includes issues such Brexit and the general election. Through this understanding we can move beyond Brexiteers and Remainers, Brenda from Bristol, and all the rest, and instead understand everyday and epoch-defining choices in suitably complex ways.

To be or not to be informed? That is the question. Unlike the general election and Brexit, the answer to this question is much easier to put forward. Which is a good thing given that we’ve only just begun down a road to…who knows where? Which is a bit like the 2+2 programme. Where will it lead? Well, that part’s up to you.

Discover the 2+2 degree

If you don’t have formal qualifications and wish to study locally for a university degree, the 2+2 pathway is for you. The first two years are taught at a local college enabling you to gain the skills and confidence to prepare you for the final two years at university.

In this video you can watch current students, Kayleigh and Hamis, share their experiences of returning to study on the 2+2 degree here at the University of Warwick.

You can also read Kayleigh’s student blog.

About the Blogger

profileDr Simon Glaze is Director of 2+2 and Part-time degrees at CLL Warwick.

 

 

 

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