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University of the Third Age and other adult education links.

University of the Third Age
Learning resources, forthcoming events and details of this voluntary organisation for retired and semi-retired people. No qualifications required or awarded.
Future Learn
Free Massive Open On-line Courses (MOOC) from British and overseas Universities - I enjoyed Exeter's course on Empire. More internet courses and lectures can be found on You Tube, iTunesu, AcademicEarth, Coursera, EdX and Udacity.
Open University
For first class undergraduate and postgraduate courses in UK and all over the world. Now rather expensive - but financial help available (especially to non-graduates).
Poole Universty of the Third Age
This website gives a good idea of the wide range of Poole U3A activities.
Bournemouth U3A
Bournemouth U3A is particularly strong in Philosophy groups.
Oxford University Continuing Education
Currently (February 2017) 67 Philosophy offerings some on-line & in Newbury and elsewhere as well as in Oxford itself. 80 Politics offerings. Jackson & Tansey is one of two recommended texts for the on-line Introduction to Politics course!
Southampton University Lifelong Learning
Southampton's Lifelong Learning Programme is on a limited scale - but has some interesting offerings including the Philosophy Cafe and Politics Study Days. You can also take a first degree in Philosophy or Philosophy & English on a part-time basis
Bournemouth University
The Media School has an innovative full time undergraduate course in Politics with emphasis on modern media, and postgraduate courses on Political Psychology and International Political Communications.At first degree level Politics can also be combined with Law or Economics. There are is no Philosophy or Extra-Mural Department - but the Annual Festival of Learning is worth investigating.
The WEA (the Workers Educational Association) is an excellent provider of part-time short non-examination educational courses for all adults. However no Politics or Philosophy courses are planned in 2018/19 for the local area - unless you count Winchester!
Bournemouth & Poole College
In 2018/19 there are no Philosophy courses but 'A' level Government and Politics is available.'A' level Religious Studies has some philosophical content too.

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The newest page on the site offers my house in Canford Cliifs, Poole, Dorset for sale once more following the withdrawal of a purchaser. It is a unique Arts & Crafts seaside villa of immense charm and character.

A newish page commemorates the life of Sue Tansey. A fairly recent page is about Free Attractions in Dorset. Please let me have any suggestion for further content.

One page on the site deals with the book I am working on at present. This is a book on ethics and politics in a secular age provisionally entitled What Should We Do? (Apologies to Tolstoy!) Your comments would be very welcome!


Details of U3A Poole Philosophy classes in early 2019 are now on the site



A Turkish Edition of Politics the Basics (5th. ed.) is to be published by Utopya Yayinevi.

A Portuguese translation of Politics: the Basics has now been published in Brazil as Polίtica, Editora Saraiva, Sao Paulo, 1st Brazilian ed., 2016.


The Fifth Edition of Politics: the Basics was published by Routledge in September  2014.

Nigel has updated the book and has made some interesting innovations.

If you run a class which might use the book, let us know using the feedback button on this site and we will arrange to send you a free inspection copy.

The fourth edition of Politics: the Basics has been published in  Arabic by the Arab Network for Publishing and Research based in Beirut, Lebanon.

Politics: The Basics, 4th Edition is to be translated by Jiangsu People's Publishing Ltd into Chinese (simplified) for distribution in Mainland China.
Conservative MP Steve Baker puts Politics: the Basics first on his recommended reading list for newcomers to the Conservative Candidates List.

"Politics, Political Theory, Political Philosophy" Thinking Philosophy (U3A Philosophy Network), Summer 2010, 11-14