Peace, Resilience and Social Justice
Attendance mode: Full-time
Start date: September
Faculty of Social Sciences
The programme critically examines how society is responding to these challenges, from contentious collective action and political resistance through to efforts to design and create more resilient, sustainable communities.
You will explore topics such as:
- implications of climate change for peace and social justice
- the role of resource limits and land-grabbing in the promotion of conflict
- emergence of movements for indigenous rights and food sovereignty
- crisis of democratic institutions and the rise of political populism
- increase in contentious collective action – in both the real and virtual realms
The programme is delivered by the Division of Peace Studies and International Development, which maintains an international reputation as a centre for excellence in research, teaching, training and policy engagement. This means your teaching will not only be research-informed but also by staff that are well positioned to facilitate policy and practitioner community engagement.
The academic theme of Sustainable Societies is a key research area at the University of Bradford, and this programme is enriched by work conducted by a number research groups and clusters.
The programme provides an attractive route into the social sciences for who may have previously studied peace, conflict and social justice issues from a humanities or natural sciences perspective.
You will be introduced to organisations campaigning around the issues examined by the programme, giving you an invaluable insight into how these organisations analyse the political context, develop campaigning strategies, and deploy skills and resources in order to affect change. These are competencies that are in high demand within institutional politics, NGO and lobbying organisations.
An undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above.
Plus minimum of:
GCSE English grade 4 or C or above (equivalents accepted).
English language requirements:
IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any competency.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
- Peace Studies in a Changing World. Core
- Discourses and Practices of Social-Ecological Resilience. Core
- Movements for Social and Ecological Justice. Core
- Natural Resource Governance. Optional
- Sustainable Cities. Optional
- Skills for Constructive Conflict Engagement. Optional
- Creative Conflict Transformation. Optional
- Assessing Development Needs and Outcomes. Optional
- Issues in Development Practice. Optional
- Gender, Peace and Development. Optional
- African Study Visit. Optional
Note: African Political and Security Dynamics is offered as an option in S1 and it is advised that students going on the Africa Study Visit either take or audit this course.
Learning activities and assessment
We use a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment methods to enable students to understand and develop skills for engagement and employment with important policy and practitioner communities (International organisations, governments, NGOs, business associations, etc.), and provide opportunities for students to engage with these in detail through simulation exercises and training workshops, as well as facilitated contacts with practitioners.
Career support and prospects
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £6,680
- International: £15,650
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
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- Degree certificates/transcripts
- Research proposal (if required)
- Two references (including one academic reference)
- Evidence of English language level (if required)
- A copy of your passport
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