Leading Social Change: Communication and Activism (Q3912E)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

Working with the local community, this module builds on the communication and leadership skills necessary to lead action for social change.

This practical work is facilitated by the charity Citizens UK, who match students with local campaigns or voluntary organisations. Exploring issues that impact various communities, you will find links between your discipline and ways in which ‘community work’ can be undertaken.

In workshops, you will:

  • engage critically with current debates about social justice
  • analyse historical and contemporary campaigns (looking at forms of direct action and activist writing)
  • build practical skills (storytelling, negotiation, and delivering leadership speeches) to make positive social change.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Coursework (Group presentation, Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: