University of Aberdeen: Political Activism and Campaigning
|Institution||University of Aberdeen View institution profile|
|Department||School of Social Science|
This programme explores political activism, movements and campaigns, from community-based action to global movements like Me Too and Black Lives Matter. It examines how and why campaign activism is on the rise, the forms it takes, and the factors that determine success or failure in a rapidly changing world.
Why are more people now active or prepared to be active? How do individual campaigners, groups and movements mobilise support? How do they effect change in society, in business and in governmental decision-making? How does protest and campaign activism turn to power?
We live in an era of political activism and public protest. While traditional political parties and politicians are widely maligned, there has been a growth in some forms of political participation. These include micro-activism like the signing of online petitions orchestrated on social media, membership of non-governmental organisations, and mass street protests and marches. This programme explores these changes in political activism, movements and campaigns, examining the effectiveness of different campaigns, or how protest turns to power. To achieve this goal, three key perspectives are examined:
The activist: Who participates? Why do they get involved? How do they participate?
The campaign organiser: What tactics do they employ? How do they mobilise support and develop campaign strategies?
The policy-maker: Why do they listen and respond to some campaigns? What types of campaigns succeed and lead to policy change?
|Level||SCQF Level 11|
Applicants for admission will normally be expected to hold a relevant Honours degree with a 2:1 standard from a recognised university or body.
Applicants without this qualification may be admitted subject to having an alternative qualification, or an approved level of work experience appropriate to the field of study. Also taken into careful consideration is the trajectory of results, an applicant without an overall 2.1 but with 2.1 results in their final two years of study may be admitted.
The University of Aberdeen
The University of Aberdeen is the 5th oldest university in the UK. Founded by visionary Bishop Elphinstone in 1495 and influenced by European University models, the beautiful campus attracts international academics, and an equally diverse international student population from over 130 countries.
It is ‘Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.’
Aberdeen offers around 300 taught Masters, research and PhD programmes …
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