We’re delighted to confirm that we’ll be repeating our very popular 'Spanner in the works? Co-operation then, now and into the future' course – starting on Monday 24 October. This will be the third time we’ve run this interactive learning programme, hosted in partnership with Imperial College London, and we’re expecting spaces to fill up quickly. 

The online course takes place from 6pm to 8pm every Monday evening for five weeks and is open to all, with no previous knowledge of co-operatives, politics or history needed. The programme will take learners on a fascinating journey into the history and ideas behind the modern co-operative movement, with plenty of practical examples of how co-ops have played a pivotal role in the development of social movements, both in the UK and overseas. 

The course is facilitated by Dr Amanda Benson, our Curriculum Development Manager. Amanda is passionate about co-operation, community development and education, and with over 10 years’ experience in delivering engaging, interactive learning – attendees will be in good hands! 

About the course 

Using the latest online technology and innovative teaching methods, learners will explore: 

  • The history and heritage of the co-operative movement
  • Co-operatives in a global context
  • The role of co-ops in social and political movements
  • Whether co-operatives still offer solutions to current issues and challenges facing society
  • What the co-operative movement of the future could look like 

This course will appeal to anyone with an interest in co-operatives, from life-long co-operators keen to explore new ideas and examples of co-operation with fellow learners, to those with no or limited experience of co-ops who want to expand their understanding. 

Booking is now open and can be done via the Imperial College London website. And there’s good news for Co-operative College Members - you can book at the ‘associate’ rate – a saving of around 20%!  

Not already a member? Find out more.