Global Advocacy

Key information

Start date
End date
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Module overview

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


This module will be taught over 10 weeks with

  • 2 hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

  • Assignment 1: 75%
  • Assignment 2: 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)


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