Social power and social change are the two unifying features of the social sciences. This course will explore these two features in theory and in practice both. On the theoretical side, the course will introduce a “unified theory” of social power, providing students with the tools necessary for analyzing social change in a comprehensive, nuanced, and empirical manner. On the practical side, students will meet leaders of organizations directly involved in social change, in this case countering extremist movements in Europe.

Learning Community Activities

Coming up

coming soon

Past activities
  • Guest Speaker EXIT UK followed by a question-and-answer with the students (December 2nd, 2021). (LC Social Power and Social Change). Exit UK works with individuals who want to leave extreme right-wing and white supremacist organisations but may not know how to do it on their own. The Zoom presentation was open to all students associated with the members of the Learning Community, giving them the opportunity to come in contact with each other and discuss an important social issue facing Europe, particularly Europe’s youth.
    Modality: Zoom presentation, hybrid CY in-person and UoW online
  • First edition of EUTOPIA LU EUTOPIA LU 'Social Power and Change', led by Brian Schmitt (CY) - When? Autumn 2021 – More info coming soon

How to get involved?

(Students and educators)
Contact the EUTOPIA curriculum team: Jo Angouri ( and Karen Triquet (


Learning Community Members

Lead: Brian T. Schmidt (CY). Email:

Brian SCHMITT is an associate professor of American Studies at CY Cergy Paris University. His current research looks at social power & social change. He has published on the role of the cinema in the entrepreneurial “revolution,” the impact & limitations of think tanks on US health care policy, and the rise of Bill Clinton and the emergence of a global investment class. In the School of Languages & International Studies he teaches courses in the master’s program on the US economy & US business practices. In the first year license he teaches a course entitled Contemporary American Society. Before emigrating to France in 2005, he worked for five years as Director of Research at the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance in New York City. In 2002 he graduated with a PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Partner: Azrini Wahidin (UW). Email:

Professor Azrini Wahidin is the Programme Director for Warwick’s Sociology and Criminology undergraduate programme and the Sociology department’s Director of Internationalisation. Her research intersects gender, criminology, criminal justice, transitional justice, conflict, peace studies and policy. She is a REF panel member for Social Policy and an Executive Member of the British Society of Criminology.  Author of a range of academic articles, edited collections and monographs, her latest single-authored book, Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland – Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience, focused on female former politically motivated prisoners and the role of transitional justice in post-conflict societies. Her most recent edited book with John Brewer (2021) brings together the work of Global South and Global North academics. The book is entitled, Ex-Combatants’ Voices: Transitioning from War to Peace in Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Her module ‘Gender, Crime and Justice’ will be part of the innovative suite of provision at the University of Warwick, connecting EUTOPIA Learning Communities.

Partner: Didier Caluwaerts (VUB). Email:

Didier Caluwaerts is an Associate Professor of Democratic Governance at the VUB. He was previously a post-doctoral researcher of the FWO at the VUB, and a Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. His PhD (2011, VUB) dealt with deliberative democracy in divided societies. It was awarded the 2012 ECPR Jean Blondel PhD award and the 2016 Ignace Vanderschueren PhD Prize, and it was nominated for the Annual PhD Prize of the Dutch and Flemish Political Science Associations. He is also the winner of the 2010 ECPR Dirk Berg-Schlosser award, and co-organizer of the G1000 citizens’ summit (2011). Didier’s research interests include deliberative and participatory democracy, democratic myopia and democratic regression. He leads projects on democracy and future generations (funded by Research Foundation – Flanders), democracy and polarization (funded by ERA-NET NORFACE) and young people and politics (funded by Innoviris). At VUB, Didier teaches courses on democracy, leadership, policy innovation and political psychology.

Partner: Dimokritos Kavadias (VUB). Email:

Dimokritos Kavadias (°1969) is Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). He started as a graduated researcher on topics of urban policy (1993) and Social integration of immigrants in Brussels (1995). From 1996 on his research focused on education and youth culture. He graduated as PhD in Political Science (Brussels 2004) on the topic of the political socialization in Flanders. After graduation, he collaborated on devising a new electoral law for the DRCongo (2005), and supervised from 2005 on policy-oriented research commissioned by the National Institute for Statistics (2005), the King-Baudouin-foundation (2006-2009), the Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism (CGKR – 2006), Community Education Flanders (GO! 2008), the Flemish Association for Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance (VVOB – 2009), and the Flemish Ministry of Education (2005, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021).  The more fundamental research focuses on the influence of schools and teachers on the shaping of political attitudes and knowledge of adolescents (political socialization) and more recently on social cohesion in schools. He teaches methodological seminars as well as courses on ‘Research Design’, ‘Political Psychology’ and ‘Citizenship and Participation’ in the Bachelors and Master’s program in Political Science at the VUB.

Partner: Martin Henning (GU). Email:

Partner: Camil Ungureanu (UPF). Email:

Camil Ungureanu is Serra Húnter Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Coordinator of the MA in Political  Philosophy  (Jan. 20-today) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. In 2007-2008, he was a Lecturer in Political Theory at University College Dublin, School of Politics and International Relations. In February 2008 he defended his PhD on “Democracy, Rhetoric and Decision” at the European University Institute (supervisors: Peter Wagner and Axel Honneth). He have also taught at Richmond University (Florence), the European University Institute (Florence), and at the University of Bucharest. He published contemporary political theory as well as on art, religion and politics in quarterlies such as the Journal of Political Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, Human Studies, Angelaki. Journal for Theoretical Humanities, Philosophy & Social Criticism, and European Legacy. His research intereste: contemporary political philosophy; Critical Theory; religion, law, and politics; art, politics, and philosophy (with a focus on contemporary cinema and literature).