Ways of seeing (for people with learning difficulties)

Course Dates: 24/09/19 - 30/06/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Learn to 'read the world' by understanding how the news media and advertising try to make us think and react. Explore art movements that help us to look at life differently. Discuss politics and religion. Find out why some people believe that man has never walked on the moon!


What is the course about?

Examine how the news media and advertising techniques influence our thoughts and emotions. Learn to tell the difference between information and opinion. Explore the world of conspiracy theories and 'fake news', and why people are attracted to religious and political beliefs as ways of making sense of the world. Identify how our perceptions are shaped by the culture, gender and families we grew up in. Look at different art movements as ways of seeing the world differently.

What will we cover?

Advertising and the media
Conspiracy theories and 'fake news'
The scientific viewpoint versus belief and trust in tradition and authority
Optical illusions
Art movements: Op Art and Cubism
Seeing differences versus seeing similarities
Looking outwards and looking inwards
Attention: concentration and wider awareness
The influence of culture, gender, language and upbringing on how we see.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Identify the difference between information and opinion.
Understand how people's thoughts and emotions are manipulated by advertising techniques.
Understand how culture, gender and upbringing influence our perceptions.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is for adults with learning difficulties.Some ability to read words or signs would be helpful.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Class discussion
Video / You Tube
Role Play
Small group work
Some possible class visits
Some optional homework tasks.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Advice on courses for people with learning disabilities and additional support for other City Lit courses is available by appointment only. Please call 020 7492 2586 or email learningdisability@citylit.ac.uk to book an appointment.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

This course WILL make you THINK. It opens your mind and covers so many things... it is fantastic as such a wide and interesting subject matter is covered.

The teaching style is very visual. Lots of pictures and videos in the whiteboard that I find really helps when we are looking at new things.

We discuss, debate, explore, question and we laugh a lot. It is always a lively and interesting discussion!!! I leave college every week with my head buzzing with ideas! It’s Brilliant!

There is never any pressure put on you - no one minds if you want a quiet day and want to listen only. You really can join in verbally as much or as little as you want.

It is a relaxed, friendly class led by an outstanding and interesting teacher.

It is a very hard class to ‘pin down’ and define as it covers do many varied and interesting subjects. (Art, philosophy, science, politics, religion, the news etc)

It has helped me so much to talk and be in a group.

I have loved every minute of this course and highly recommend it.
Course Rating
Review by Mo / (Posted on 14/06/2019)
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Course Code: SD102

Tue, day, 24 Sep - 30 Jun '20

Duration: 30 sessions (over 41 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £129.00

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