• Knowledge and skills to initiate the change our world urgently needs.

    Student Louise Terneldeli

    Right now, on my Bachelor’s programme, I learn about social issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, but not about the solutions that are needed. Social change is inevitable; together, we need to find ways to respond that will help ensure a better world for everyone. However, this kind of change, and the organisations behind it, is rarely explored in academia. When it is, it is usually studied from a narrow, single-track perspective.

    The Organising Social Impact Master’s programme brings academic knowledge and real-world skills together. The combination of academia, practical skills, research courses and opportunities provides an all-round view of the problem, and enables the discovery of solutions that actually work.

    Moreover, having the opportunity to work with the grassroots organisations that will be studied ensures that voices within these organisations (which often belong to those affected by social issues) are also included in the solution. Overall, this programme offers the knowledge and skills needed to initiate the change our world urgently needs.

    Louise Terneldeli, bachelor student PPE

  • Organising from below for social change

    Professor Patrizia Zanoni

    We are currently witnessing a surge in grassroots initiatives aimed at mobilising citizens for change at a local, national and global level. Faced with the major challenges of our time – from deep-rooted inequality and oppression to advanced environmental degradation, pandemics, retrenching public services and failing markets – individuals are coming together to find new ways to organise livelihoods.

    These associations, cooperatives, collectives and social enterprises produce, value, distribute and consume in new ways that are more inclusive, sustainable and just. They also engage in actions that demand change on behalf of political bodies, institutions and corporations.

    Our programme centres on these organisations: the social change they strive for, their membership and constituencies, their practices and strategy, and their relationship with the institutions that surround them. Our students familiarise themselves with theories from multiple traditions and disciplines, participate in grassroots organising, conduct action research and acquire hands-on skills to organise effectively. As members of a stimulating international community in the classroom and outside, they engage with major challenges to understand them, organise with others and have a positive impact on the world.

    Professor Patrizia Zanoni, programme director