Postgraduate Course: Community Action and Social Justice (EDUA11325)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Because of the contested natures of both social justice and community, grassroots activists and practitioners face significant dilemmas in the application of social justice principles to real world contexts. This course aims to introduce students to some of the key theoretical frameworks, models and methods for applying social justice ideas and principles to activism and practice in community-based settings around the globe. Through this course, students will have the opportunity to consider and critique the viability, sustainability and ethics of particular approaches to community action.
Conceptualising and theorising community action
Strategies and methods for effective community action
Ethical dilemmas for activism
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| none
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse the conceptual and methodological dimensions of ┐community action┐ e.g., power, activism, citizenship, participation and public space
- Critically evaluate the differing strategies, methods and practices for applying social justice ideas and principles to a range in local, national, international and digital contexts
- Design and develop strategies for promoting and practicing social justice in face to face and digital community settings
|Burns, N., Scholzman, K.L. and Vera, S. (2001) The Private Roots of Public Action: Gender Equality and Political Participation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.|
Castells, M. (2012) Networks of Outrage and Hope: Social Movements in the Internet Age. London: Polity.
Cornwall, A. and Coehlo, V.S. (eds) (2007) Spaces for Change? The Politics of Citizen Participation in New Democratic Arenas. London: Zed.
DeFillipis, J., Fisher, R. and Shragge, E. (2010) Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Fainstien, S.S. (2011) The Just City. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
Harvey, D. (2012) Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution. London: Verso.
McCaughey, M. and Ayers, M.D. (2003) Online Activism in Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
Norris, P. (2002) Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Tsing, A. (2004) Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical analysis, Oral and written communication skills, Access research materials
|Keywords||activism, action, grassroots, community, public space, participation, citizenship, social justice
|Course organiser||Dr Akwugo Emejulu
Tel: (0131 6)51 4167
|Course secretary||Ms Marie Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)51 6678