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Introduction to making political and social change free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Introduction to making political and social change

Written in a moment of multiple crises – environmental, economic, political, social and health-related – ‘An Introduction to making political and social change’ gives you a grounding in some of the key citizenship skills and information you will need to intervene in the world as it changes around you. This free course explores how you can make ...

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10 hrs
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Innovation in policing free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Innovation in policing

This free course, Innovation in policing, explores the concept of innovation from the perspective of police and policing. It considers the ways in which innovation can apply in policing and how those working in policing and related fields can become more innovative.

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4 hrs
Introducing global development free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Introducing global development

This course will introduce you to ideas of global development and the interconnectedness of the world when it comes to understanding the most pressing social, economic, political, and environmental issues of this time. It will highlight the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outline key global development issues such as ...

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6 hrs
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George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

George Orwell and Nineteen Eighty-Four

This course will introduce you to the work and writings of George Orwell through a study of his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984). By studying the book, well-known for its depiction of a totalitarian state, and the techniques, language and oppressive methods used by such states, you will gain a wider understanding of the meaning of ...

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10 hrs
Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations free course icon Level

Education & Development

Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations

This free course was made in the summer of 2021 in the aftermath of street disturbances in working class areas of Northern Ireland. It was produced with young people from Belfast and local community activists, for young people aged 14+. The course aims to help young people think about what community means to them; to identify issues they are...

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12 hrs
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Understanding devolution in Wales free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding devolution in Wales

This free course charts the transformation of the Welsh devolution settlement in the 20 years following the referendum on devolution in 1997. You will consider how an Assembly with minimal public support and limited law-making powers became a Parliament with the power to set taxes. You will explore some of the biggest challenges facing ...

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12 hrs
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Deall datganoli yng Nghymru free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Deall datganoli yng Nghymru

Mae'r cwrs am ddim hwn yn dilyn y ffordd y mae setliad datganoli Cymru wedi cael ei drawsnewid yn yr 20 mlynedd ers y refferendwm ar ddatganoli yn 1997. Byddwch yn ystyried y ffordd y daeth Cynulliad â chefnogaeth mwyafrif bach iawn o'r cyhoedd a phwerau deddfu cyfyngedig yn Senedd â'r pŵer i osod trethi. Byddwch yn archwilio rhai o'r heriau ...

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12 hrs
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Applying social work law with children and families free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Applying social work law with children and families

This course will introduce you to the law as it applies to social work with children and families in the United Kingdom. You will learn about varying definitions of childhood and family and then explore underpinning principles of the law relating to child rights and parental responsibilities. You will look at the key legislation relating to ...

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5 hrs
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Social work law and UK regulation free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Social work law and UK regulation

Social workers have significant powers, rights and responsibilities in their professional role. The law has a vital role in the regulation of professional practice, and such regulation is important to social workers, as it provides clear boundaries for their practice. Boundaries also provide the public with confidence in the profession. It is ...

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5 hrs
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An introduction to social work law free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

An introduction to social work law

This course will get you to consider your initial perceptions of the social work role before exploring what social workers do in their day-to-day practice with people. It will highlight the core values of the social work profession and consider the challenges of applying these values in practice. The course will explore the relationship ...

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5 hrs
Capacity and demand management free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Capacity and demand management

This free course, Capacity and demand management, is part of the series focusing on leadership, decision-making and communication in the context of policing within the community. This course focuses on the use of data to make decisions, using actions taken in managing capacity and demand as the applied example. The course uses examples not ...

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5 hrs
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Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor free course icon Level

Society, Politics & Law

Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor

This free introductory course is designed to introduce UK immigration law and advice. It has been designed for anyone with an interest in immigration law and advice. It is likely to be of particular interest to anyone considering becoming an immigration adviser.

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15 hrs