University of Aberdeen: Political Activism and Campaigning

InstitutionUniversity of Aberdeen View institution profile
Department School of Social Science
Web https://www.abdn.ac.uk/
Email pgadmissions@abdn.ac.uk
Telephone 01224 272090
Study type Taught

Summary

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?

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