Institute for Social Renewal


Postgraduate Teaching and Learning

Newcastle University is an established postgraduate university with over 5,200 full-time and part-time postgraduates engaged in research or studying for a taught programme.

Some examples of modules that students can take which relate to Social Renewal are:

ECU8047: Inclusion and Diversity - School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Module Leader: Dr Simon Gibbs

This module addresses equality of opportunity and outcome. Thus multicultural, social capital and class, disability, gender and sexual identity issues are considered. The role of educational psychologists with regard to children seen to be more vulnerable, for example children in public care.

Included in this module is an understanding of the complex nature of social exclusion and of initiatives to address this phenomenon and the place of the role of the EP in working in organisations to be part of complex solutions.

ICS8001: Issues and Ideas in Heritage, Gallery and Museum Studies - School of Arts and Cultures

Module Leader: Dr Rhiannon Mason

Aims to give students:

  • An intellectual framework for understanding the past, present, and future roles of heritage organisations, galleries, and art museums
  • An introduction to, and intellectual framework for, understanding the relationships between heritage, galleries, and art museum studies
  • An introduction to the organisational and institutional contexts in which heritage, galleries, and art museums operate
  • The opportunity to gain the basic knowledge required to work in the heritage, gallery, and art museum sectors on graduation

Issues are considered from local, national, and international perspectives and draw together the international expertise and experiences of both staff and students (postgraduate masters and PhD).

The issues to be covered in the module include:

  • the roles, and functions of art museums and galleries, heritage organisations, and museums
  • their respective historical developments and present situations
  • the politics of representation (eg questions of cultural diversity)
  • controversy and ethical dilemmas (eg repatriation, questions of ownership, censorship, propaganda)
  • organisational and professional frameworks at a regional, national, and international level
  • the diversity of the roles they play (ie their involvement with tourism, social inclusion, economic regeneration, and the construction of cultural identities)

The module also considers issues of disability, identity, and audience development. It examines who visits art museums and galleries, heritage sites, and museums, but also who does not and why. The fieldwork provides the opportunity to consider these ethical, intellectual, and organisational issues in practice.

NBS8513: Role of Business in Society - Newcastle University Business School

Module Leader: Dr Peter Edward


  • to develop in students a critical appreciation of issues and debates concerning the changing role and responsibilities of international business in relation to business's interaction with global society and its involvement in, and impact on, major issues confronting society as a result of globalisation

This module starts by examining the origins and history of ideas of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It then considers recent trends and developments in CSR. This enables us to position the activities of business in relation to wider social issues. The rest of the module will then focus on understanding a selection of the major issues confronting global society today, with specific reference to the role of business in relation to the issue and how this presents challenges and opportunities for responsible business in the future.