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Programme introduction

The MSc in Social Justice and Community Action is a new part-time and fully online masters programme.

Programme name Social Justice and Community Action - Online Distance Learning
Start month/year September 2019
Modes of study MSc (part time study over 2-6 years), PgDip (part time study over 2-4 years), PgCert (part time study over 1-2 years). This programme is delivered via online distance learning.
Director Dr Callum McGregor

Please note

This programme is currently under review. The revised programme will resume in September 2019.

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The MSc in Social Justice and Community Action is a new part time and fully online masters programme designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to help you make positive social change.

This programme is the flagship teaching initiative of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Justice Academy, a multi-disciplinary network of academics and research centres committed to global justice concerns.

Why study our Masters in Social Justice and Community Action?

Our life chances are shaped by our family and community relationships, access to good quality public services and the particular features of our governing institutions. That life chances are unequally distributed across the globe is an injustice.

For instance, according to the United Nations:

  • 1 billion people live on less than a dollar a day
  • Every year, 11 million children die from preventable diseases
  • More than 2 billion people do not have access to basic sanitation

Even though billions of people do not have the opportunity to live safe and healthy lives, there is little consensus about what actions individuals, groups and nation states should take to address these injustices.

This programme offers you the opportunity to critically engage with foundational ideas and debates about equality, fairness, power, democracy and citizenship and to consider a range of actions in communities, in policy and legislation processes and in organisations for the real world application of these ideas.

Is this the right programme for me?

The programme is designed for both:

  • professionals working on social justice issues in research, policy or grassroots practice in the public, private or non-governmental sectors across the globe;
  • recent graduates who wish to gain the skills to enter the social justice field.

The programme staff are actively involved in research, policy development and public engagement on a range of social justice issues and are able to bring their expertise to their teaching and student support.

Core programme staff are:

Dr Callum McGregor, Programme Director

Angela Hunter, Programme Sectretary


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