Ian Pirie’s website.


These notes are based on lecturing done over nearly 40 years (1966 – 2005) at the University of East London (UEL), and, since 2008, for the Workers’ Education Association (WEA). The older notes cover mainly political philosophy and the study of social movements.


Recently there is more widespread awareness of the crisis facing the natural environment. My activities are increasingly devoted to this, for the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), through Friends of the Earth, and in guest lectures.


These notes are in three groups:


(i) current teaching, below             (ii) archive of previously taught courses                (iii) 'imagining other' - an explanation


(i) Current teaching:


WEA course: ‘Protecting the Planet’


Note: The sequence below is not necessarily the one that will be followed in my teaching the course... 


1:                Introduction

2:               some key industries

3:               species decline

4:                some cases and solutions

5.                global warming: causes and controversy

6:                global warming: effects

7:                strategies for action 

8:                [economics – not yet written up]

9:                energy policies     week 9 extra notes

10:              the environment movement


Updates (from 2018): Various updates – extra topics, in alphabetical order.


Facebook page for Havering Friends of the Earth: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1652661825047271/?ref=bookmarks


Talks and Guest Lectures:



Guest Lectures for London School of Management Education:               Our Responsibility for Our Environment (1) (Friday 1st March 2019)


                                                                                                                                      Plastics - the Big Picture   (Friday 24th May 2019 & Tues 3rd March 2020.




Talk on Friends of the Earth (for U3a, and Harwood Probus):                Friends of the Earth 




Comments on these pages are welcome, to ian_michael_pirie@btinternet.com