We hold these truths to be self-evident ... or do we?

Ref: C2228246

All societies balance the power of government with the rights of individuals. In the UK, the direction of travel for the last 200 years has been towards greater individual freedoms with the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act perhaps being the high water marks. Government is now pushing back, challenging the scope of human rights legislation and the constitutional limits on its exercise of power. In recent times, the combined effect of exiting the European Union, government reviews of Human Rights and Judicial Review, proposed legislative curbs on the right to protest and de facto curbs on access to information has created a sense of more authoritarian government. These matters have been both entangled with and perhaps over-shadowed by the (largely necessary) government response to the Covid pandemic. How far does our Constitution protect us against authoritarianism? When should we start to worry that an 'adjustment' is becoming a trend? What can we do about it anyway?

Additional information about this course

This course is for Norfolk and Suffolk residents only’

Course aim

For over 200 years the balance of power between government and people in the UK has shifted towards the people. Now, government is pushing back. How? To what end? Should we be worried?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • evaluate the checks and balances in the UK constitution
  • evaluate whether I am comfortable with the democratic safeguards in the UK constitution
  • evaluate whether I am comfortable with the balance between government power and individual rights in the UK
  • decide whether I need to take a greater interest or part in politics

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pen and paper

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

View full course information sheet

We hold these truths to be self-evident ... or do we?

Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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