Taught course

Global Labour and Social Change

Ruskin College

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Entry requirements

Students will normally be graduates with an honours degree, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant area of study. Instead of a degree, you may be admitted if:

  • You have relevant paid or unpaid experience including training/education programmes, in organisations such as trade unions, community, voluntary or political groups.
  • You have knowledge and academic skills equal to degree level.
  • You complete an academic case study analysis exercise and background reading set by the MA tutor to the equivalent standard of a first degree.
  • You can show evidence of capacity for post-graduate study through providing a portfolio of recent written work; for example reports, policy papers, funding applications, essays, etc.
  • You have qualifications in the relevant area of study and have completed the equivalent of year 1 elsewhere; you may apply for entry to part 2 of the MA programme.

Months of entry


Course content

In an era of radical potential in which the 40 year commonsense acceptance of globalisation and neoliberalism is increasingly rejected, labour and allied movements need to be equipped with the ideas, strategy and skills to meet the opportunities that are emerging.

The MA Global Labour and Social Change will be of use to anybody who wants to develop their ideas and practical skills for use in social change both in the UK or elsewhere. It will be specifically of interest to labour movement officers, organisers, activists and those working in the allied third sector in NGOs and community based organisations.

Whilst the MA retains a central focus on the future of organised labour to represent the interests of workers globally, the new programme explores the role of allied social movements in providing alternative and/or supplementary means to organise and represent the wide, diverse interests of labour and citizens.

Embedded throughout the MA is a recognition that in a rapidly changing networked and digital world, gender and other overlapping identities exercise a powerful influence on our individual and collective behaviours. Consequently, students will benefit from an interdisciplinary approach based on labour and development studies, global political economy and sociology delivered through radical and critical teaching and learning. This is rooted in the commitment of Ruskin College to self-development and the empowerment through education and learning, and is built into the MA as part of the learner journey. Students are required to reflect on this systematically and critically throughout the programme. A self-reflexive commentary, based on students’ personal journals forms part of a practice-based portfolio which concludes the assessment for the Professional Postgraduate Certificate stage of the MA.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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