SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Global Advocacy

Module Code:
15PFFH012
Credits:
15
FHEQ Level:
7
Taught in:
Term 1

From BLM to #MeToo, from the environment to inequalities, more and more people are engaged in attempting to change the world. The Global Advocacy module teaches the theories and skills that allow a student to be more effective in achieving their advocacy objectives. This means it provides an advanced introduction to global advocacy, assuming that students are already engaged in some form of activism and are looking for ways to improve their engagement. By understanding that the local and global are intricately intertwined, the module allows students to work through the skills needed and opportunities available to achieve the change they seek. During the module, students engage with the theories that underlie achieving change, while focusing very practically on individual causes that they wish advance.
The module is open to students from across SOAS, but please check with the module convenor if you are uncertain about your advocacy experience.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

• Excellent understanding of the features and processes of advocacy,
• Excellent grasp of the key skills of effective advocacy
• Strong written and presentation skills that will serve them in future advocacy activities

Workload

This module will be taught over 10 weeks with one two hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

  • Assignment 1: Essay (2500-3000 words) 75%
  • Assignment 2: Reaction papers (2 x 500 words) 15%
  • Presentation - 10%

Suggested reading

  • Keck, Margaret E and Kathryn Sikkink (1998) Activist beyond borders (Cornell)
  • Della Porta, Donatella, Hanspeter Kriesi and Dieter Rucht (eds) (2009) Social Movements in a Globalizing world 2009 (2nd edition) (Palgrave McMillan)
  • Stark, Gene (1994) From Dictatorship to Democracy (free online resource)
  • Mason, Paul (2012) Why its kicking off everywhere (Verso)
  • Slaughter, Anne-Marie (2004) A new world order (Princeton University Press)
  • Peterson, Abby, 'Review essay: Social Movement Theory' Acta Sociologica 1989 32(4) pp.419-426
  • Kriesti, Hanspeter, 'The Political Opportunity Structure of New Social Movements: Its impact on their mobilizations' in Jenkins, Craig J and Bert Klandermans (eds) The Politics of Social Protest 1995 (London: UCL Press Limited)

Disclaimer

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