Global Labour & Social Change (MA)
In this era of radical potential, you can develop your ideas and practical skills in the pursuit of real social change on our unique and flexible MA course.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time
Course validation: The Open University
What are the qualifications about?
With a focus on organised labour and the interests of workers globally, you will explore the role of social movements in representing the wider interests of citizens and develop your ideas and practical skills for use in social change both in the UK or elsewhere, opening doors to a range of rewarding careers. You will benefit from a radical and critical interdisciplinary teaching and learning approach, rooted in our commitment to your self-development and empowerment.
Who are they for?
Our MA will be of specific interest if you are a labour movement officer, organiser, activist and/or work in the allied third sector in NGOs and community based organisations.
What do I need?
You are likely to be a graduate with an honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant area of study.
Alternatively you may:
- have relevant experience in organisations such as trade unions, community, voluntary or political groups
- complete an academic case study analysis exercise and background reading set by the MA tutor
- show evidence of capacity for post-graduate study through providing a portfolio of recent written work
- apply for entry to part 2 of the MA programme if you have completed the equivalent of part 1 elsewhere
Why choose Ruskin College?
Ruskin exists to champion social change and challenge inequality, and has a reputation for excellence in political and social science studies. You will study in a challenging and supportive learning environment with a small learning group approach which really focuses on you.
What sorts of things do they cover?
- Power and Inequality
- Theoretical Approaches to Organising and Resistance
- Rethinking the World of Work and Globalisation
- Radical Research Methodologies and Methods
How will I learn and be assessed?
Studying full-time, you will attend weekly classes. You also have the option of attending the part-time day schools to study and share experiences with part-time students. Our aim is to help you to become an independent learner, but you will also receive tutorials and dissertation supervision sessions to support your learning journey.
Studying more flexibly part-time consists of a blended learning approach, predominantly online, complemented by day schools which focus upon module assignments. There will be six day schools in the first year (three per semester) and three in the second year. Outside of the day schools you will be fully supported by online tutorials and focused discussion forums. Our aim is to help you to become an independent learner, but you will be able to flexibly book one-to-one telephone tutorials as needed with your personal tutor.
You will be assessed through written assignments. There are no exams.
How long do they take?
Completing the Global Labour and Social Change (MA) usually takes:
- 1 year full time
- 2 years part time
What jobs could they lead to?
You will open doors to a range of rewarding careers in areas such as research, policy development and practice, and education.
What would it cost me?
£7,850 full-time, £3,925 per year part-time (not including residential workshops). Some individual unions provide scholarships for study at Ruskin. For more information visit our University Programmes Fees and Funding page.