Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Innovation and Skills for Social Change

Collaborate with others and learn how to develop innovations and skills to tackle the root causes of social issues, locally and globally.

Innovation and Skills for Social Change

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    XL43
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

Do you want to change the world? Develop high-level skills and capabilities to help transform society.

As part of this course you’ll:

  • Learn how to lead and create projects, innovations and approaches that make a difference to communities locally or around the world
  • Explore a wide range of social issues affecting people globally, such as poverty, inequality, mental health and sustainable development
  • Understand how social issues affect society, the planet and people's chances in life
  • Develop the skills to identify unmet needs and how to tackle the root causes of social issues
  • Investigate the hidden strengths, opportunities and challenges within communities and how to help them develop their capacity to contribute effectively to social change

This course has been uniquely designed with communities, social change practitioners and leaders. You’ll study the most relevant, significant learning experiences and content which can improve your career prospects across a wider social change spectrum. Working alongside experienced practitioners and people with lived experiences, you’ll experiment with different ways to help transform society for the better.

By collaborating with others to build capabilities and progress ideas for social change you’ll directly help to tackle real social issues. Through practical experiences and developing an understanding of the root causes of social issues and how to influence systems, you can become an effective social change practitioner, innovator and leader.

This course also benefits the communities and organisations you’ll work with. It aims to raise aspirations and strengthen and empower communities, improving the opportunities for them to lead social change efforts effectively, opening up new possibilities which can improve life chances.

In your final year, you’ll examine how to change the systems that can prevent people from progressing in life. Using approaches such as co-creation, systems change, frugal innovation and inclusive innovation, you’ll work with fellow students, communities and organisations to design or strengthen ideas that can lead to sustainable social change.

You’ll learn how to develop viable social business models and you’ll gain the skills to measure and improve the outcomes and impact of social projects and innovations, and to articulate the difference they make to society and to people's lives.

The course is run in partnership with Doing Social, an organisation that designs powerful experiences, resources and spaces to enable inclusive innovation, meaningful co-creation and better access to social change opportunities, giving you easy access to industry expertise and lived experiences, through a series of masterclasses, guest lectures and live community projects. Find more information about the course by downloading the university's PDF and contact us directly socialchange@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Why study Innovation and Skills for Social Change at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Guest lectures delivered by industry professionals
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Dedicated pastoral care team
  4. Strong and meaningful partnerships with community projects
  5. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society

BA Innovation and Skills for Social Change Course Director Kay Sidebottom talks about BA Innovation and Skills for Social Change

Course Director, Kay Sidebottom

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