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Postgraduate Course: Community Action and Social Justice (EDUA11325)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryBecause 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.
Course description Rethinking community
Conceptualising and theorising community action
Strategies and methods for effective community action
Ethical dilemmas for activism
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse the conceptual and methodological dimensions of ┬┐community action┬┐ e.g., power, activism, citizenship, participation and public space
  2. 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
  3. Design and develop strategies for promoting and practicing social justice in face to face and digital community settings
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Course URL none
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis, Oral and written communication skills, Access research materials
Special Arrangements none
Additional Class Delivery Information none
Keywordsactivism,action,grassroots,community,public space,participation,citizenship,social justice
Course organiserDr Callum McGregor
Course secretaryMs Shannon Payne
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
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