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Political Activism and Campaigning, MSc

University of Aberdeen

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    12 Months

Course 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. This is a programme for all those interested in the links between political activism, campaigns, and policy change. How do campaigns, from community-led initiatives to high-profile global movements like Me Too and Black Lives Matter, effect real change?

We live in an era of political activism and public protest. In recent decades, traditional political parties and politicians have become widely maligned, and established democracies have experienced a growth in alternative forms of political participation. These include micro-activism like the signing of online petitions orchestrated on social media, support for non-governmental organisations, and taking part in mass street protests and marches.

This MSc programme explores these changes in political activism, movements and campaigns. 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.The programme combines theoretical and empirical investigation with policy-focused international case study analysis. It is particularly relevant to those keen to work in the public sector, the third sector, or in non-governmental organisations, at a local or international level. It also provides a potential route into PhD study of politics and the social sciences.

Tuition fees

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£ 19,400per year

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University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table

    40th

  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 40 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 104 4

    31st out of 86 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    194 87%

    9th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    39th

    34
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    33rd

    18
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    173 84%

    11th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%

    54th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    30th

    4

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