Taking Action: Campaigning for Social Justice

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Taking Action: Campaigning for Social Justice

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Social Work, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module Aim

    This module was developed for the Study Abroad Summer School. It offers opportunities to explore a range of global and social issues of interest and concern to young people today in areas such as climate change, migration, social inclusion/exclusion, diversity and multiculturalism, and wellbeing and mental health. It further seeks to develop knowledge and strategies in relating to social media campaigning. This is with a view to raising critical awareness of these issues and providing practical training in relation to the skills and tools that are needed to build a related social media campaign. 


    This module consists of two components; the first relates to the development of critical awareness of students in relation to a range of global and social issues which will be achieved by means of a series of themed lectures and workshops; the second component will involve the development of a range of skills in the areas of social media journalism and social media campaigning which will be achieved through a series of practical workshops and field trips.

    Learning Experience 

    This module will be delivered in face-to-face delivery mode and will involve interactive lectures, workshops, virtual exchanges and a field trip (to be decided). While some theoretical background will be provided, the module has a strong focus on task-based, practical and experiential activities as well as on reflective sessions.

    Learning Outcomes 

    Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

    • Acquire knowledge in relation to a range of global and social issues and act using that knowledge.
    • Develop an understanding of the principles underlying social media campaigning and how to apply this knowledge to develop an online social media campaign
    • Acquire insights into online tools and applications and how these can be exploited for social campaigning purposes. ·
    • Develop and apply practical knowledge and expertise in the related areas.

    Affective (Attitudes and Values)

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:

    • Appreciate a range of global and social issues and concerns.
    • Reflect on these issues, and develop a critical response.
    • Develop empathy towards other persons, groups and cultures
    • Develop a sense of agency and empowerment amongst the participants.


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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