Research course

Civil Society, NGOs and Social Movements

Open University · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Civil society, transnational advocacy networks, non-governmental organisations and social movements are key actors in social change. These organisations provide challenges to the status quo, but can also frequently be co-opted by states, international organisations and other political actors. By critically examining how these non-state actors can influence the political landscapes of poverty and inequality within and across the nation state, we can better understand how social change occurs. These changes may occur through the development of multi-actor networks, through advocacy, through political communication via different media, or through different types of partnerships. Researching these non-state actors allows us to better analyse how change happens and offers us potential avenues into how social justice may be achieved in both the global north and the global south.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Ben Lampert
+44 (0)1908 655434