Taught course

Power, Participation and Social Change

University of Sussex · Institute of Development Studies - IDS

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Your qualification should be in the social sciences or a related subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the challenges of power relations, participation and citizen engagement – and what it means to facilitate change processes in pursuit of social justice.

We’ve designed our MA for experienced practitioners and social activists. It combines coursework with work-based learning and action research.

You will:

  • critically reflect on your own practice
  • learn about different conceptual and methodological approaches to participation
  • develop your analysis and facilitation skills to engage with change processes at various levels.

A core component of this course is the four-month period of work-based action learning. You'll examine your own practice and that of your host organisation or social process, seeking to apply your learning in a beneficial way.

This course is taught at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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