This multi-disciplinary course brings together the worlds of academia and social struggle. It is run by academics working and researching with a variety of campaigns, social movement organisations and communities struggling against social and ecological injustice, and for a more equal, just society.
We engage students in a questioning of the fairness and sustainability of the current capitalist world order and explore empowering ideas and examples of how to challenge the status quo.
The course offers:
* An introduction to core ideas in radical and transformatory social theories and strategies
* An overview of global social movement struggles with particular reference to anti-capitalism and anti-imperialism
* Grounding in participatory action research methods relevant to campaigning and social change
* Contemporary political debates about the critical challenges we face and how to respond
* Guest lectures and workshops by journalists, campaigners, researchers and activists
* Opportunities to engage in action research projects with a variety of social struggles
Typical roles undertaken by recent graduates
* Housing Research and Policy Officer
* Access Officer
* Research Associate
* Community Research Consultant
* Partnership Information Analyst
* PhD study
Examples of organisations/companies worked for
* Rochdale Council
* Leeds City Council
* Centre for Regional, Economic and Social
* Bradford Resource Centre
* Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
In the following modules you will engage with a set of exciting and important theoretical debates within critical and radical geography and related social sciences such as politics, sociology, management and communication studies as well as environmental studies.
Core modules include:
* Researching for Social ChangeThis module gives you grounding in the principles, methods and strategies available to the campaigning researcher (or researching campaigner), and encourages free and open discussion and independent thinking.
* Action Research DissertationThe module is built around a placement with a group/organisation, during which you undertake original, primary research for your 10,000 word dissertation.
* Campaigning for Social ChangeIf you want to change society for the better you have to campaign. But what tactics and strategies work best? What skills and techniques are needed? What lessons can be learned from social movements past and present? This module provokes thought and debate around these issues.
Optional modules include:
* Spaces of Radical ThoughtPolitical activism today has its roots in a body of social theory that has evolved over the last 100 years. Here you will be introduced to selected thinkers and their works that represent different strands of contemporary radical thinking.
* Research Frontier: Citizenship and BelongingThis module Includes research into social identity, social inclusion, equality and diversity, the transnational society, and diaspora.
* Qualitative Research MethodsYou will become adept at research design, data collection, and analysis including participant observation, interviewing and textual analysis. You will also be introduced to the use of qualitative analysis software.
* Cities and Social JusticeThis module will explore the city as a site for social conflict, from the classical works of urban theorists to more recent analysis of neoliberal urbanisms. We will delve into specific examples of urban struggles in the Global North and South and different forms in which citizens around the world are organising and responding.
* Quantitative and Spatial MethodsYou will learn how to apply geographical analysis methods to real world problems and to use statistical and GIS software.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.