Activism for Development and Social Justice (843L6)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

In this module, you will address the ways in which activists and activism have sought to engage in development and social justice. You'll explore and evaluate different approaches to activism, grounding this in theories of social mobilisation, citizenship and unruly politics, and will work through a series of practical examples, drawing on empirical material produced by anthropologists and your own experiences, to explore how activism has been used to address issues of development and social justice.

The module covers a range of forms of collective action from the use of petitions and lobbying of representatives, to the use of the arts in "interrupting" everyday life to bring some of its elements into question, to mobilisation for protests and peaceful demonstrations, to non-violent direct action and social media activism. In the second half of the module, you will apply these theoretical ideas to the design of your own activism campaign.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay, Group submission (written), Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.