Course title:
We hold these truths to be self-evident ... or do we?
Robert Grindrod
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Mon 16 Aug 2021 17:00 PM - 18:30 PM 1.5
Total sessions: 1
Total number of classroom hours: 1.5
Independent online hours: 0
Total hours: 1.5
Mon 16 Aug 2021
17:00 PM - 18:30 PM
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Online Learning with Zoom and Canvas
Leads to qualification?    No
Level:     Level 2 (level information)
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£0.00 or free on some courses if you are in receipt of some benefits
What skills or experience do I need to join this course?
This course is for beginners and improvers
This course is for beginners and improvers
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Pen and paper
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?
Course description:
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?
By the end of the course I will be able to:
1. evaluate the checks and balances in the UK constitution
2. evaluate whether I am comfortable with the democratic safeguards in the UK constitution
3. evaluate whether I am comfortable with the balance between government power and individual rights in the UK
4. decide whether I need to take a greater interest or part in politics
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