Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2099: Sparking Social Change

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover different theories of  social change, and focus on most of the following themes: 


  • An introduction to social change
  • Frameworks of change – exploring how theory can help us understand how activists, community organisers, movement builders and digital campaigners affect social change
  • Situation analysis – understanding social change through research and fieldwork
  • Practical case studies – factors influencing success and failure of social movements
  • Social movement strategy – for example, political framing, public narratives, communication skills
  • In the final section, each student will produce their own strategic plan with real world implications based on their analysis and research.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study58Directed reading
Guided Independent Study6to complete the readings note
Guided independent study24for completing the situation analysis
Guided independent study40for completing the strategic plan

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).