SO4A8      Half Unit
Leadership and Social Change

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Beverley Skeggs PAN.8.01


This course is available on the MSc in Inequalities and Social Science. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is not available as an outside option and is available only to Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity MSc students. This is a compulsory course for these students and non-AFSEE Fellows will not permitted to take this course.

Course content

The course responds to the needs of the AFSEE Fellows to develop critical skills and understandings of leadership within various contexts and themes indexed to transforming global inequality.  This approach marries a structural analysis of global inequality and its manifestations with practical and cognitive skills that will provide our students with the tools to bring such systemic change into being. Crucially, the course is heavily rooted in theories of practice, in which Fellows are introduced to and demonstrate  a sound knowledge and critical appreciation of their field and its associated practice and research techniques, and show that these techniques can be successfully applied in revealing or challenging injustice and inequality. The course will consist of lectures, presentations, seminars and workshops. Lectures will introduce Fellows to key concepts, approaches and techniques for understanding and challenging inequality. Workshops and seminars will help Fellows clarify and deepen their understanding of points and issues raised in the lectures, through practical work carried out individually and in groups.


6 hours of lectures and 10 hours of workshops in the LT. 6 hours of lectures and 10 hours of workshops in the ST.

Week 1 - 1-5 April 2019  - Systems Change and the Regenerative Economy

Week 2 - 16-20 June - Digital Futures and Social Change


Formative coursework

The formative coursework for both assessments will comprise of presentations of ideas and works-in-progress that are critiqued and given feedback. Fellows will present abstracts for their essays/thinkpieces and offer rationale for their choice of subject, motivation and its relationship both to the themes of the week and the values of the programme, but equally its relationship to their own practice, experience and ambitions for future work, campaigns and activism. This will be presented to the class and short, 5-10 minute pitches where both the lecturers and peers will offer feedback on the ideas presented this will then form the basis for the poster design and presentation (Summative Assessment). 

Similarly, for the poster presentation, Fellows will be offered feedback on their ideas once they have assembled into their project groups. They will present a vignette of their ideas and seek directional support from the lecturer on its themes, methodology, division of labour and teamwork principles and the relationship between the poster presentation and the key learning outcomes.


Indicative reading

 Dorling, D. (2011) Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists. Bristol. Policy Press

Federici, S. (2004) Caliban and the Witch: Women: The Body and Primitive Accumulation. New York. Autonomedia.

Gilroy, P. (2010) Darker than Blue: On the Moral Economies of the Black Atlantic Culture.Harvard. Belknap

Graeber, D. Debt: The First 5000 Years. New York. Melville Publishing.

Hickel, J. (2017) The Divide: A Brief Guild to Global Inequality and its Solutions. William Heinemann. London.

Morgan , S ()Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change, Morgan Simon

O'Neil, C. (2016) Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy London: Allen Lane.

Pilling, D (2018) The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Being of Nations. London: Bloomsbury

Raworth, K (2018) Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist. London. Random House Business

Senge, P ()The Fifth Discipline: The art and practice of the learning organisation

Sharma, M () Radical Transformational Leadership: Strategic Action for Change Agents


Essay (70%, 2000 words) in the LT.
Presentation (30%) in the ST.

70% Essay/Thinkpiece 2000 in LT

30% Group Poster/Presentation in ST


Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills