MA Philosophy of Social Innovation

The MA Philosophy of Social Innovation is an Alanus University programme drawing on expertise of Crossfields Institute.

It aims to transform its participants into creative innovators who can bring about radical change in their organisations and communities and thus serve the need for positive change in the world.

There are currently two specialisations available each of which has its own Postgraduate Diploma as preparation for the Masters and its own specialisation project within the final year, which shapes the Masters dissertation. Both pathways use a ‘workademia’ model for addressing real world issues supported by distance delivery and short residentials. These courses are designed to fit around and utilise the working lives of participants and thus are always taken as part-time courses.

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MA in Philosophy of Social Innovation: Researching Holistic Agroecology

This pathway is designed for those engaged in social initiatives related to landscape use or food production that come from a holistic perspective. A perspective that is concerned with the whole person and their relationship to a sustainable environment. For example: permaculture; biodynamic agriculture; urban agriculture; or organic projects with a strong social dimension. Agroecology is the term often used to describe the study of agriculture that acknowledges three aspects of food production. 1. That agriculture is a social activity and thus involves historical, social, cultural and political dimensions. 2. That contemporary agribusiness is having a destructive impact on the environment so more ecologically informed ways of farming need to be encouraged and arguments developed to communicate them. 3. that agricultural systems need to produce healthy food. By focusing on holistic approaches students will be in an excellent position to explore the social innovation that is happening in this area and that they want to expand by engaging with their own situated practice and exploring that of other social initiatives.

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MA in Philosophy of Social Innovation: Reflective Social Practice

If you are working in the social, ecological/environmental or development field and you are searching for a significantly different way of contributing in a global situation that has become increasingly intractable, fragile and unimaginative, this programme could be for you.

We work with what it means to see social situations as alive. There are no frameworks for resolving social problems. We encourage participants to develop new ways of understanding the world and their work, and particularly to develop new faculties to read situations and engage in practice. To develop greater attention, awareness and openness. The theoretical background for this course draws on Goethean phenomenology, traditional and contemporary contemplative and reflective practices, and the implications for practice in the social field arising from the understandings developed by the ‘new sciences’ (from quantum theory to complexity) and by holistic approaches.

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MA in Philosophy of Social Innovation: Organisational Analysis and Leadership

This programme is designed for participants in executive and senior organisational roles with significant accountability. It would be particularly attractive to managers and leaders in organisations with a strong values base such as non-governmental organisations, and charities. The programme illuminates the political, spiritual, social and economic dimensions of organisations and their influence on both process and outcomes. It works at the critical need to integrate these in order for the organisation to both create productive working environments and at the same time have a positive impact on the broader society. This blended learning programme is operating at the edge of current educational thinking. It is inviting both participants and faculty to take an action research and experiential approach to pushing forward their practice. The theoretical background for this course comes from the Group Relations tradition, psycho-dynamic concepts, systems and integral theory, organisational behaviour and learning concepts, theology/spirituality and the new sciences.

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