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
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?
Video / You Tube
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 email@example.com 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