Engaging in Activism for Social Change in Tech
Learn how to create an activist campaign to influence positive social change
This two-week course will take you on a deep dive into how power structures such as White supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, and racial capitalism manifest in information technologies.
With this knowledge, you’ll explore how activism can challenge these power structures as you delve into the world of grassroots and human rights tech activism.
Explore online and social media activism
You’ll discuss what online and offline activism means to different activists as you explore different forms of activism to find the one that resonates with you.
Next, you’ll learn how to apply this knowledge to your context as you’re guided through planning and implementing online activist campaigns.
Once you have designed your own campaign, you’ll learn how you can contribute to an online activist community.
Learn how to influence positive social change
This course will help you gain important insights into AI and technology ethics education.
With this hands-on experience, you’ll learn how to turn concerns about technology into actions oriented towards positive social change.
Study alongside the specialists at UAL
You’ll learn from experts in the field at the University of the Arts London. Lead educator, Dr Peaks is Senior Lecturer and MA Internet Equalities Course Leader at the UAL Creative Computing Institute.
This subject is vitally important for ensuring that members of society gain more control over the technologies they use, and find new ways to challenge the inequalities technology can reinforce.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explore what online and offline activism means to different activists
- Discuss forms of activism that resonate with you and that you can apply in your context
- Investigate examples of activism challenging power structures such as White supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, and racial capitalism
- Experiment with planning an activist campaign
- Identify allies and funding to support your campaign
- Develop a campaign of your own
- Contribute to ongoing activist tech communities and campaigns
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for anyone interested in online activism.
You may be a creative graduate or computer science student, or you could be a social scientist or a professional looking to engage audiences through online advocacy.
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