SO4A8      Half Unit
Leadership and Social Change

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Sara Camacho Felix CBG 4.07


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

This course  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 be 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 critical analysis, reflexive thinking, as well as practical skills that will provide students with the tools to bring 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 both teaching weeks.

Week 1 – 1 November - 5 November 2021 - Leadership and Social Change

Week 2 – 4 April - 8 April 2022 - Leadership and Social Change

Teaching arrangements may be adjusted if online teaching is required at any point.

Formative coursework

There will be one piece of formative coursework, a 1500 word essay in response to a set question. The formative essay will be due in week 10 of Michaelmas Term.  Fellows will receive written feedback on the essay and will have the opportunity to discuss the written feedback with the Course Convenor. This formative coursework is directly related to the summative essay which will be due in LT.

Indicative reading

Della Porta, D. (2015). Social Movements in Times of Austerity. Wiley

Gaventa, J. (2006) Finding the Spaces for Change: A Power Analysis. IDS Bulletin 37 (6). November 2006.

Green, D. (2016) How Change Happens. Oxford University Press. Also accessible as a free download at <>

Goss, S. (2015) Systems Leadership: A View from the Bridge. OPM.

Glasius, M. and Ishkanian, A. (2015) Surreptitious symbiosis: engagement between activists and NGOs. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 26 (6). pp. 2620-2644.

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

Ishkanian, A. and Peña Saavedra, A. (2019) The politics and practices of intersectional prefiguration in social movements: the case of Sisters Uncut. Sociological Review, 67 (5). 985 - 1001.

Phillips, B. (2020) How to Fight Inequality and Why That Fight Needs You. Polity.

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

Seckinelgin, H. (2017) The politics of global AIDS: institutionalization of solidarity, exclusion of context. Springer International Publishing, Switzerland.

Weldon, L. S. (2011). When protest makes policy: how social movements represent disadvantaged groups. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


Essay (70%, 2500 words) in the LT.
Presentation (30%) in the ST.

70% Essay 2500 words in LT

30% Presentation in ST

An electronic copy of the assessed essay, to be uploaded to Moodle, in Week 7 of Lent Term.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Sociology

Total students 2020/21: 6

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: 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