Whether you're a life-long co-operator, keen to explore new ideas and examples of co-operation with fellow learners, or you're new to the movement and want to expand your understanding - then our Spanner in the works course could be just what you're looking for!

Delivered over five weeks, in partnership with Imperial College London, the course takes learners on a fascinating journey, discovering the roots of the co-operative movement in the UK, exploring co-operatives in a global context, investigating the role co-ops have played in social and political movements, and asking what the co-operative movement of the future could look like.

Classes are held online between 6pm and 8pm, and are 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! 

No previous knowledge of co-operatives, politics or history needed.

About the course 

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

  • Week one: History and heritage of the co-operative movement
  • Week two: Co-operatives in a global context
  • Week three: Co-ops and social and political movements
  • Week four: Co-operatives and current issues and challenges facing society
  • Week five: Co-ops and the future

Course content may be subject to some modification.

Course costs

The course costs £126, but Co-operative College members can book at the reduced 'Associate rate' of £99.

If you're not already a Co-operative College member find out how to join, here.

How to book

This course is run in partnership with Imperial College London's Adult Education Classes. Several cohorts are run throughout the year and when a course is available to book onto, we'll post the link to sign-up here.