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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 6.36k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 16.3k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    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.

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Undergraduate qualificationsOur normal minimum requirement is a good second class Honours degree or equivalent in geography or a related subject. However, many candidates are still in their final year of undergraduate study when they first apply, in which case we take note of what your academic referee's assessment of your abilities.Successful candidates in recent years have included those with good first degrees in related subjects such as sociology & social policy, politics English and business studies. If you think that you might be interested in our course, but feel unsure as to whether you have the necessary background, get in touch with us to discuss your position. The same may apply if you have been away from geographical study at a university level for a while and want to use the course to update your understanding and skills; we are pleased to offer advice on the status of your existing qualifications.Work experienceRelevant work experience is viewed positively and is taken into account particularly for candidates whose first degree grade is slightly below our requirement.Part-time studyWe usually recruit several part-time students every year who take the course over two academic years and combine study with paid work or other commitments. This means that you can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be particularly flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints upon your time for study.Overseas studentsWe welcome applications for full-time study from overseas and EU candidates.In recent years we have attracted students from all around the world including the USA, Italy, Spain, Nigeria, Canada, Australia and India. To be able to get the most out of our course we ask that you have an academic qualification equivalent to a good second class degree from a British university.English language qualificationsIf your first language is not English, the University requires you to provide evidence of competence in English. We ask that you meet our minimum language requirements by enclosing a recent TOEFL or IELTS certificate with your application. Minimum requirements are: * TOEFL score (internet-based test) of at least 92 overall with at least 21 in listening and reading, 22 in writing and 23 in speaking * IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components * PTE (Academic) score of 64 with at least 60 in all components * Other qualifications are accepted, but will be reviewed when you applyIf you feel that your level of English is not adequate for your course, you should consider enrolling on one of the full-time pre-sessional English language courses run by the Language Centre at the University of Leeds. These courses are of six or ten weeks duration and prepare students in the English language skills needed for study and provide a useful orientation to academic and social life in Britain. Even if you already fulfil the University's English language requirement, you may still find the preparation given by these courses very helpful. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test: 92 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.
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